River path closure for tree removal work

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Tuesday 29 August 2017

A section of Hamilton’s river path just north of the central business district will be closed for five days to allow for vegetation management.

Forty alder trees will be removed from a section of Waikato River bank between the Whitiora/Boundary Rd Bridge and the Fairfield Bridge as part of an ongoing programme of work in the area. Larger specimen trees of other species will be left in place to retain bank stability.

The tree removal work will begin tomorrow (30 August) and is scheduled to conclude on 5 September. The work will be undertaken by an experienced arborist contractor, at the request of Hamilton City Council.

The path closure is from just north of the Whitiora/Boundary Rd Bridge to Dillicar St. There will be no access to the path from those points, and path users will need to detour via adjacent streets.

The path closure will be in effect from 8am to 5pm for all five days. The contractors will be using vehicles to access the site at the start and end of each working day.

Alder trees are gradually being removed in areas of the city, as the expansion of their branches crowds out other more desirable native plant, tree and shrub species.  Their removal in riverside locations allows for better views of the Waikato River.

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