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