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Look out for tree poachers in public parks

Thursday, June 29, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: parks, environment, law

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 29th June 2017

Park users are being urged to keep an eye out for suspicious activity following the theft of several trees from Charlesworth Reserve.

Eagle-eyed members of the public and police officers on community patrol raised the alarm last week after spotting a man removing cabbage trees (tī Kōuka) from Charlesworth Reserve. He was then caught red-handed.

Christchurch City Council staff are asking local residents and visitors to parks and reserves to remain vigilant. 

Trees at Charlesworth Reserve provide a habitat for native birds. Council Park Ranger Andrew Crossland said the thefts highlighted an ongoing problem for parks staff, with trees and plants regularly being stolen from reserves, parks and roadsides.

“It’s really disappointing for us, but also for the ratepayers who have funded the planting of these trees and the volunteers who have given their time to plant and weed them.

"These parks are for everyone to enjoy so for someone to come in and rip out established trees and plants is just senseless and heartbreaking for us.

“In the case of Charlesworth Reserve, we were incredibly lucky that members of the public took action when they saw the suspicious behaviour. We're also very happy that a passing police patrol took action and cautioned the man involved. They also made him replant the trees.

"Stealing plants from reserves is unlawful and offenders are likely to face prosecution.”

Tanya Jenkins is the Restoration Team Co-ordinator for Estuary Trust, and is extremely disappointed that someone has resorted to stealing from the Charlesworth Reserve - an important habitat for native wetland birds. "Since 2005 our team has spent every Sunday afternoon working alongside Andrew - weeding, mulching, planting, staking and pruning to restore this bird sanctuary. To have this person come into the reserve thinking he can just take plants away is soul destroying for our team."

Mr Crossland said trees were in parks and reserves for environmental reasons and also for the enjoyment of the community. He urged walkers and other park users to be on the alert and report any suspicious behaviour.

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