Storm-damaged trees to be removed from Prince of Wales Park in Wellington
A large number of storm-damaged trees are set to be removed from Prince of Wales Park in Wellington, after bad weather earlier this month.
Wellington City Council's arboriculture team will begin the process next week, with an estimated 100 pine and macrocarpa trees on the chopping block.
The southerly storm this month brought down several trees in the area behind the Scottish Harriers Club building, all of which were removed at the time.
However, to decrease future risk to users of the City to Sea walkway and the Harriers building, the remaining unstable trees must now also be taken care of.
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Heavy machinery and logging trucks used for the project will enter and exit Prince of Wales Park via Salisbury Tce, Mt Cook and all wood removed will be sold to reduce the cost of the project.
Weed suppression and restoration planting is scheduled to begin in 2018 to restore native forest to the area.
Public access to the site will be restricted during the project for safety reasons. Tracks through the site will be closed at junctions and alternative routes will be put in place during the hours of operation.
The main project is expected to take about four weeks with work scheduled only for weekdays between 7.30am and 5.30pm.