12 February 2018
Bad weather has delayed work to prepare for the removal of eucalyptus trees in Rotorua's Blomfield Gully.
Felling was to have begun this week but has been delayed about a week. Site preparation will continue this week and weather permitting, felling will start next week.
3 February 2018
A portion of Blomfield Gully will be closed for the next four to five weeks while contractors work to remove 18 eucalyptus trees.
In recent years Council has received feedback from the community, especially the surrounding neighbourhood, asking for the trees to be removed because of concerns for safety, leaf fall and shading.
Residents were notified by letter about this planned work late last year in November.
Contractors will begin preparation work on Monday 5 February with felling to start about a week later on Monday 12 February.
While work is taking place public access will be closed from 42 Blomfeild Street to Pukehangi Road and signage will be in place to advise users.
Large machinery and vehicles will be operating within the gully so members of the public are being asked to follow all signage instruction for their own safety.
Work is expected to be completed in the second week of March (weather dependent).
Council apologises for any inconvenience during this time.
Why are you removing them now?
By removing the trees now it means there will be less damage to the native growth in the gully than if we waited until the undergrowth was more established. It also means we can re-establish replacement natives sooner.
Can I access the gully while work is taking place?
No. The gully will be closed to public for approximately 4 - 5 weeks while contractors carry out the felling work. This will ensure the safety of users and also allow the contractors to complete the work as soon as practical.
What will happen to the wood?
The smallest branches and other debris will be mulched and larger manageable logs will be cut and sold for pulp. The largest logs that cannot be removed will be left on site in a safe position and natives will be planted around them.
Will you be replacing the trees?
Council's horticultural team have taken into consideration leaf fall, shading and potential future safety risks in choosing the native trees to replace those removed. In April - May next year Council will replant the area with trees such as Rimu, Kahikatea, Miro, Tarata, Manuka and Mahoe.