Dudley Park Shelter Belt Removal Proposed

Council staff have been monitoring the condition of the western shelter belt along the White Street frontage of Dudley Park. The trees, Blue Arizonica Cypress, are in decline and showing signs of poor health.

The trees have been assessed by a qualified arborist, who reports that while the shelter belt has not yet reached a critical stage, it will continue to decline over the coming years. There is significant deadwood, bare branches and very little growth, particularly around the lower part of the trees.

Council’s Greenspace Portfolio holder Robbie Brine says “The shelter belt provides some visual screening and wind protection for park users, but has a limited useful life expectancy. Its removal will create an opportunity to enhance the park, and provide better growing conditions for the mature trees already planted in behind. We want to hear from the community before a final decision is made”.

Council is asking for feedback from Tuesday 24 October until Friday 16 November. Once feedback has been received, a report will go to the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board for consideration.

Submit your feedback online or email us before 5pm Friday 16 November.

Stylised map showing location of shelter belt on White Street

Contact: Ed Sard

Phone: 0800 965 468