Tree removal programme
Contractors will start work on Council’s annual tree removal programme next week, focused on allergy-causing species.
The majority of the trees being removed are the highly toxic Rhus Succedanea, commonly known as Japanese wax trees. These trees have generated a number of complaints to Council as the plant, its sap and pollen is an irritant that can cause dermatitis.
Several Ginko trees are being removed to address concerns in relation to their berry litter. The berries on female Ginkos have an unpleasant odour and when squashed make footpath surfaces slippery and unsafe.
Two silver birch trees will also be removed at Okitu, as they are a potent allergen that causes symptoms including hay fever, asthma and food allergies.
Residents on affected streets have been notified.
The work area will be cordoned-off and members of the public are asked to keep clear while felling is taking place.
Later this year Council will undertake a native replanting programme to replace the removed trees.