A number of red flowering plum trees in and around Oamaru have been identified as declining in health and, as such, will be removed by Council contractors over the next two months.
Recreation Manager Erik van der Spek says they no longer provide the enhanced street experience they were intended for, and while there is no immediate danger of them falling they do need to be cut down.
“We have identified 26 trees that will be removed in various locations around Oamaru and will discuss options for replacement with neighbours,” says Erik.
“The red flowering plum trees have been carefully looked after over the years, however, they have now come to their natural end.”
“Over coming months we will also be revitalising Thames Street (north of Dee Street) by replacing the patchy ground cover in the central traffic islands with a selection of suitable low growing plants.”
Red flowering plum trees generally have a lifespan of about 20 years, however, the tree is susceptible to fungal diseases. They are a relatively inexpensive species and are a popular landscape tree.