Planting to Start in Tawatawa Reserve

3 September 2013

Work has started to reinstate Tawatawa Reserve in Island Bay after a logging operation to remove pines damaged in the fierce June storm.

Two workers next to a pile of felled trees.

New planting will replace storm-damaged trees

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The logging operation finished last week, says Council Aboriculture Manager David Spencer. “In less than two weeks 400 tonnes of timber was removed.”

David says the Council is now working with contractor NZ Forest Works and the Southern Environmental Association to repair damage done by the cutting of a four-metre wide track to allow heavy machinery to take out the logs.

The dirt removed for the track will be replaced as far as possible and the area planted with native species grown by the Southern Environmental Association nursery on site, and by the Council.

He says many of the pine trees were blown down in the storm and others have continued to fall since then. “We can’t just leave them there, with the high use of Tawatawa Reserve and the tracks in the area.”

“The contractor has done this really quickly and they have done a really good job. We have tried to get in and out as quickly as we could and to reinstate the area before the planting season ends.”

All the timber will be sold and we will use that money to do more tree work, David says.

About $1 million is expected to be spent on the huge clean-up of fallen trees across the city. “We may be feeling the effects of the storm for years to come,” he says. “We are also putting together plans for replanting areas over the next five years.”