Ju­das tree sur­vives the chop

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

An es­tab­lished Manawaroa St tree fac­ing the chop has been saved thanks to some ded­i­cated residents.

A flow­er­ing Ju­das tree on the berm out­side the home of Donna and Mark Taven­dale was marked for felling as part of a City Coun­cil street re­fur­bish­ment scheme.

The plan was to cre­ate an av­enue en­trance of flow­er­ing cherry trees along the street lead­ing to the Vic­to­ria Es­planade, match­ing the Park Rd en­trance to the gar­dens.

As well as lob­by­ing the coun­cil over the plans to take out the tree, Taven­dale took to so­cial me­dia, gath­er­ing enough sup­port to de­lay the project.

‘‘It is a lovely sight when it is in flower and every year we get peo­ple tak­ing pho­tos of it,’’ Taven­dale said.

Her cam­paign re­sulted in the coun­cil plans be­ing put on hold while fur­ther con­sul­ta­tions took place.

While the street’s re­main­ing trees will be re­moved in a two-to-three-day op­er­a­tion that got un­der way Tues­day, the Taven­dale’s tree will stay.

In a let­ter to Manawaroa St residents, the coun­cil’s Mur­ray Phillips ad­vised residents of the felling and stump-grind­ing op­er­a­tion that will al­low for the plant­ing of 35 flow­er­ing cher­ries along the street’s grass berms.

The Taven­dales were not avail­able for com­ment by dead­line time.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Donna and Mark Taven­dale’s ap­peal to save this tree out­side their home has born fruit.

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