Six sick 60-year-old trees face the chop
South Waikato District Council is developing plans to remove six trees that line the centre of Bridge St in Tokoroa as they are in poor condition.
While plans are still being finalised, council’s Parks and Property manager Greg Shaw said work to remove the 60- year- old trees, which includes two on either side of the Bridge and Mannering streets roundabout and the two closest to SH1, will begin in two months. ‘‘It is half a dozen we initially looked at as being quite suspect.
‘‘When you look at them you will see that a number of them have crowns that are quite thin compared with the others that have thick crowns,’’ he said.
Which was a result of age and location, Mr Shaw added.
‘‘Because they are planted in the middle of a medium strip, they’re rather contained. They [experts] talk about a drip line of a tree, so the outside of the leaves and the very outside of the crown is where the drip line is. In theory from the crown of the tree up to the drip line should be permeable.’’
The tree’s location means they were not receiving the proper aeration, he said.
‘‘ The initial assessment was done early in Spring  when some were in full leaf but there were several that weren’t looking so well.’’
The work to remove the trees will be done at weekends so the impact on the public is reduced.
‘‘Because we will have to close the roads . . . We would like to replant but we need a bit of time to think about that. We need to select a species that will do well and last for as long as possible.’’
He said the remaining trees were in acceptable condition but would be frequently monitored.
Mariam Price, who owns the store Books Alive – which is directly affected by the trees – supports the council’s move to take them down.
‘‘Every morning I have to sweep up the leaves outside the door and the ones that have come inside.
‘‘We have the leaves that are up in the gutter because they are going in there. So the leaves are a problem,’’ she said.