Hutt City Council is investigating the destruction of an old tulip tree that was covered by a resource consent protection notice.
When the Frederic Wallis House retreat in Military Rd was demolished in 2007, a condition of subdivision of the site for housing was that a number of mature trees could not be touched.
A 15m tulip tree with that protection was removed from 12D Military Rd in the middle of January by an arborist, on behalf of the property owner.
The removal was agreed to by the council after a report from an arborist said the tree was dying and had become unsafe, probably because of poisoning.
"The tree contributed significantly to the amenity of the area; council is disappointed by what appears to be an act of wilful damage," said Dan Kellow, team leader Resource Consents.
Enforcement action options range from fines to prosecution.
- Hutt News