Van­dal­ism de­stroy­ing large trees

Waipa Post - - News -

Waipa¯ mayor Jim Mylchreest is dev­as­tated by the poi­son­ing of five es­tab­lished trees on the south­ern side of Cam­bridge’s Lake Te Koo Utu.

The trees, in­clud­ing three na­tive to¯ tara, a cryp­tome­ria and a cedar, are in poor con­di­tion af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered last week with drill holes in­di­cat­ing poi­son­ing. The trees are go­ing brown and los­ing their leaves.

Mayor Jim has slammed the van­dal­ism, call­ing it an at­tack on the town of trees. Coun­cil staff have no­ti­fied Po­lice.

“I am shocked that any­one would de­lib­er­ately dam­age such wellestab­lished trees. Coun­cil works hard to main­tain our parks and re­serves and this sort of wil­ful dam­age is dis­ap­point­ing both for the pub­lic who en­joy the trees and the parks team who main­tain them.”

The dam­aged trees were dis­cov­ered by mem­bers of the Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Board, Cam­bridge Tree Trust and Lake­wood De­vel­op­ment who were on site to dis­cuss fu­ture im­prove­ments to the area.

“Coun­cil’s ar­borist is mon­i­tor­ing the trees’ con­di­tion but they are not ex­pected to re­cover and will even­tu­ally need to be re­moved,” said Mr Mylchreest.

The trees will be re­placed with sim­i­lar spec­i­mens and a close eye will be kept on the area.

He asks that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the dam­age to con­tact Po­lice.

He would not be drawn on who might be in­volved in the poi­son­ing.

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