Felled tree will keep on giving for years

Oak to a good cause

Oak to a good cause

ONE BRANCH AT A TIME: Roberts Tree Surgeons’ Clint Cousins rides the bucket up to start the removal of the oak tree on the corner of Roebuck Road and Childers Road on Friday. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell
WOOD FOR GOOD: The YMCA recently lost a treasured former member of staff to cancer. So when it came time to donate wood from a felled Oak tree outside the Y, they knew the man to call. YMCA operations manager Janene Dixon-Smith hands over the wood to Daryl Gowers, who will sell it as firewood and donate the money to the Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast. Pictures by Liam Clayton.

An oak tree taken down on the YMCA corner of the Childers Road and Roebuck Road intersection will keep on giving.

The Holm oak was a health and safety hazard as it overhung the corner and created a lack of visibility for drivers, said YMCA CEO Leigh Gibson.

Hundreds of children use that corner on their way to school and sports. It’s removal was a proactive step by the YMCA to safeguard the children in their vicinity, she said.

The wood has been given to Daryl Gowers — the one-man fundraising machine, who has raised almost $25,000 for the Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast in one year.

“The YMCA fully supports the work of the Cancer Society in our community and we were pleased to be able to help their cause.”

Mrs Gibson said they were also in the course of developing and implementing a free cancer survivor health programme in their fitness facility.

“Cancer affects every family in our community at some stage. The YMCA has lost a past employee recently to cancer, who will be forever missed for the legacy she left behind in establishing our early childhood centres. We wanted to give something back to our community in appreciation of the great work being carried out daily by the Cancer society.”

Roberts Tree Surgeons removed the tree on Friday using a bucket truck, which extended to reach the top branches.

An oak tree taken down on the YMCA corner of the Childers Road and Roebuck Road intersection will keep on giving.

The Holm oak was a health and safety hazard as it overhung the corner and created a lack of visibility for drivers, said YMCA CEO Leigh Gibson.

Hundreds of children use that corner on their way to school and sports. It’s removal was a proactive step by the YMCA to safeguard the children in their vicinity, she said.

The wood has been given to Daryl Gowers — the one-man fundraising machine, who has raised almost $25,000 for the Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast in one year.

“The YMCA fully supports the work of the Cancer Society in our community and we were pleased to be able to help their cause.”

Mrs Gibson said they were also in the course of developing and implementing a free cancer survivor health programme in their fitness facility.

“Cancer affects every family in our community at some stage. The YMCA has lost a past employee recently to cancer, who will be forever missed for the legacy she left behind in establishing our early childhood centres. We wanted to give something back to our community in appreciation of the great work being carried out daily by the Cancer society.”

Roberts Tree Surgeons removed the tree on Friday using a bucket truck, which extended to reach the top branches.

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Tree Lover - 9 months ago
What a massive act of vandalism!
Obviously this council has little respect for a beautiful old English heritage tree. Obviously planted by a visionary, to be enjoyed by future generations. Probably around about 100 years of growing . . . And gone in a day. And all smiles that it has been reduced to mere firewood! Such ignorance. I wonder if some logs were to be used for wood turning or furniture making?
To sum up: All involved in the short-sighted removal, and lame justification for doing so, should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

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