Historic giant cedar donated

Last updated 10:26 06/02/2014

WOODEN HEART: Centre for Fine Woodworking's school technician Lachlan Park, Oakley the dog, graduate Rory Young and manager Helen Gerry with the cedar donated to them from Queen's Gardens.

SECOND LIFE: Centre for Fine Woodworking senior tutor Thorkild Hansen with the cedar in Queen's Gardens that had to be removed.

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A massive old cedar tree that had to be removed from the Queen's Gardens has been donated to the Centre of Fine Woodwork for students and tutors to use.

The tree had to be removed before Christmas due to concerns about its safety in the popular park.

It is believed to be one of the original trees planted in the gardens, and was possibly planted as early as 1890.

Manager Helen Gerry said the centre would mill the tree and it would be left for a couple of years to dry out before it would be used to create wooden artwork.

She said the timber arrived at the centre on the back of a truck with a hoist and the council had kindly donated the cost of transport.

The centre would need someone with a portable mill to come and mill the tree on site.

A spokeswoman for Nelson City Council Angela Ricker says the tree was a cyprus cedar cedrus brevifolia and had been in decline for some years.

The tree was shedding branches in windy conditions and had deadwood and some decay at its base.

Cones were sent to Appleton's Nursery and viable seeds from these cones will be used to grow further stock trees. Samples from the tree were also sent to the Allan Herbarium in Christchurch - it collects genetic material from the more notable trees around the country.

Angela says the Centre for Fine Woodworking is a charitable educational trust with the principal aim of offering high quality tuition in fine woodworking - a very worthy cause.

"It is clearly better to deal with the wood in this way rather than turn it in to firewood. If it was a native tree we would have most likely offered it to Iwi," she said.

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