Three Memorial Park trees are to be felled this week.
But they’re not native and are in poor condition, says Tauranga City Council project manager Steve Wiggill.
The trees behind the Memorial Park pump station will be felled this week as part of work on the Southern Pipeline harbour crossing installation.
“It’s always a last resort to remove trees for a project, so we usually undertake compensation planting in the same location.
“However due to the location of these non-native trees and their poor condition, Council believes the city will benefit more by putting the $5,100 of replacement costs towards other tree related initiatives,” says Steve.
Funds set aside for compensation planting as a result of the removal will be donated to other tree projects around the city.
Council’s Parks and Reserves team will decide which tree project the funds will go towards later in the year.