Auckland Council ‘disrespectful’ over felling pines – Otago Daily Times

Vaughan Clutterbuck has no problem with the removal of pine trees at Western Springs. It’s the “disrespectful” way Auckland Council is going about felling the trees that annoys him.

“This is a total sanctuary,” says Clutterbuck, whose home in West View Rd looks through the stagnating and dying pines to Western Springs lake and several prominent volcanic cones in the distance.

The council has been horrible neighbours to deal with, says the painting contractor, who was keeping an eye out this morning for work to begin on removing 13 trees considered to be at immediate risk of falling.

Workers from Treescape, the contractors employed by the council to fell the trees, and senior council arborist David Stejskal, were outside Western Springs Stadium this morning, but there was no sign of work starting.

“The destruction of 70 percent of this regenerating native bush would be a travesty in my mind merely to remove 200 trees,” said Clutterbuck, who is one of many people concerned with plans by the council to clearfell all the remaining pine trees in a 3.2ha block behind Western Springs lake.

The plan, supported by the Waitemata Local Board, is to remove the pines and replant thousands of native trees on the hillside.

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Auckland Council picks ugly route to pine removal

Pine trees have been standing for too long in some of Auckland’s parks. Old and scrubby, they have lost the shape and density that must have made them appealing to generations long ago. Today some of them are standing above regenerating native forest and looking increasingly incongruous as young rimu, totara, kauri and other indigenous species rise to replace them. So it is good to learn the Auckland Council plans to remove all the pines from at least one section of Western Springs reserve. It is just a pity the council appears to be going the wrong way about it …

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Western Springs pine trees spared axe – for now

Thirteen huge pine trees that Auckland Council wants removed urgently have been given a stay of execution after outrage from locals and tree campaigners.

The council notified residents on West View Drive in Western Springs last week that the removal work would start today.

The pines are part of a group of 200 that the council had applied to remove last year.

So locals said they were shocked and confused when they received a notice last week that 13 trees had to be felled urgently and residents needed to evacuate their homes while the work was happening this week.

West View Drive resident Deborah Manning said they expected the tree felling to be dealt with through the proper consenting channels because this was an important area.

“This is a really special piece of ecology in Auckland just behind Western Springs lake. An urban forest of significant ecological import,” Ms Manning said.

“And so it’s really important before you interfere with the ecology that everybody is clear about what the impact is going to be, what we’re going to do, how and why.” …

Read more on RNZ News at western-springs-pine-trees-spared-axe-for-now

Pine trees in Western Springs will come down tomorrow, despite late plea from local councillor

Auckland Council is proceeding with emergency provisions to start felling 13 pine trees in Auckland’s Western Springs tomorrow, despite opposition from locals with the backing of local councillor Mike Lee.

Lee has emailed council chief executive Stephen Town today asking him to instruct staff to respect due process and cease and desist any pre-emptive activity.

Residents have accused the council of flouting its own resource consent process after planning commissioners asked the council to answer questions by this Friday about its application to clearfell all 200 remaining pine trees in a 3.2ha block behind the Western Springs lake, below West View Rd in Grey Lynn.

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