Arborist who felled Timaru’s ‘Champagne Tree’ advised parties to save it – Stuff

The arborist who felled Timaru’s landmark ‘Champagne Tree’ said it launched him no pleasure To take movement and says he suggested each the landproprietor and the neighbouring developer To maintain the tree.

Arbor Tradition proprietor Li Tane, of Geraldine, said he needed To converse out on the matter for readability and said he supplyed To write down a report on the well being of the tree, however this had been turned down by the developer.

“The eradicating of such A lovely specimen is saddening. It highmilds a rising problem of spatial literacy On the design stage and Inside the significance of greater metropolis environmental planning,” Tane said.

He additionally said, As a Outcome of it stood website untouched, the tree was in ‘’good well being with solely minor defects to contrihowevere to a sluggish decline over a 50-100 yr interval’’.

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The tree, which tohave beend above decrease Wai-iti and Beverley roads, and was as quickly as house to the metropolis’s Christmas star, was chopped down on Thursday morning, with no warning to completely different residents that it was To return down.

Following the felling, Yedo Investments, which is creating the neighbouring former RSA website, launched A press launch which said an “evaluation and suggestions from arborists Delivered to mild thOn the well being of the tree and its suitability in its current location pose An monumental well being and safety hazard to surrounding properties’’.


Timaru’s ‘Champagne Tree’ stood to the left of The state of affairs to be developed Proper into a subdivision earlier than it confronted the slash final week. (File photograph)

However, Tane, who said he had consulted with the builders, and property house proprietors Robyn and Gary Borland, since late 2020, informed The Timaru Herald his suggestion was to retain and incorporate the tree into The event.

On Friday, Yedo Investments’ Damon Odey said the arborist had informationrmed the Borlands verbally thOn The backside of the tree was Full of rot, which he said was “clearly seen now’’ and thOn the tree had round “4 or 5 yrs left earlier than It Might have fallen on a house’’.

However, Tane disputes these statements.

“There was a small quantity of rot current Inside The backside of the tree, not enough to set off instability.’’

He said he had supplyed a written report on the state of the tree, however Odey – a former mayor of Timaru, had declined his supply.

“I converseed about The information relating to the tree verbally with each events however on separate events.’’


Yedo Investments’ Damon Odey informed The Timaru Herald The backside of the tree was Full of rot. However, the arborist who reduce the tree down says it wasn’t.

He said he had noticed the probably presence of bark inclusion which is widespread with redwoods however would unprobably have an effect on The steadiness of the tree.

Gary Borland is on the doc as saying the tree was in “in good well being” in November, however A press launch launched by the Borlands after the tree had been reduce down made level out of a “noticeable lean” which had “developed recently”.

On Friday, this was disputed by Brad Cadwallader, an arborist, who May even be on the board of The mannequin new Zealand Notable Trees Notion. Cadwallader said the tree had On A daily basis had an “historic wind-induced lean’’ and based mostly on pictures of the felled tree – it Appeared to be “very healthful”.

Tane said he agreed with Cadwallader’s suggestions on The rationale for the tree’s lean.


Trees alongside the Wai-iti Rd frontage of The earlier South Canterbury RSA which have been eliminated in 2021.

He said he had useful the ‘Champagne Tree’ and the oaks, reduce down by the developer in 2021, be included into The event by creating inexperienced areas Which might protect the timber and add to the aesthetics of the new subdivision.

“I used to be made conscious the plans have been accomplished and earthworks set to start,’’ he said.

Tane said he suggested, Inside the worst case state of affairs, the tree might have suffered A critical decline in well being over The subsequent 5 yrs As a Outcome of of influence of these deliberate earthworks on the tree’s root zone.

‘’As it stood website untouched the tree was in good well being with solely minor defects to contrihowevere to a sluggish decline over a 50-100 yr interval.”

But, he did say the tree’s crown would probably current factors quicklyer As a Outcome of it had been topped to accommodate the Christmas star.

Following considerations from The general public thOn the tree was getting the chop in January, Timaru District mayor Nigel Bowen said he’d been suggested the tree was simply current process a trim.

However, Tane said he had suggested in the direction of trimming the tree whereas talking to the developer about pruning to accommodate equipment and entry to The event website.

“The decrease limbs have been integral for tree stability And private safety ought to an greater limb fail.’’

When requested whether or not he had any remorse over his position in slicing the tree down, Tane said:

“It gave me no pleasure to fell this tree.

“However, I really feel The identical in the direction of felling any lovely tree. Every tree holds A narrative.’’