Image above showing the trees to be felled, in red. Provided by Wellington City Council.
William Melville, Tree Team Manager Arboriculture for Wellington City Council advises the following tree felling on Rowells Road:
"Following the failure of a tree onto the train tracks in 2015, Council were contacted by KiwiRail about Pine and Macrocarpa trees on Rowells that posed a risk to rail users. At the time we sought independent arboricultural advice regarding the state of the trees and have monitored the trees annually since that point."
"The trees are being proactively removed due to their age and location next to the railway line. The work will be carried out by the Council’s contractor Treescape and is due to start on 20th May. This is expected to take approximately two weeks, weather permitting."
"Heavy machinery and chainsaws will be used to remove the trees and traffic management will be in place when required. Hours of operation will be between 0730 and 1800 Monday to Friday. Where possible the work will be completed from Kiwirail property to minimise disruption to the road."
"Following the removals, this winter Council will be replanting the area with locally sources native species which will in time create a vegetation screen from the tracks."