Group aims to save cedars

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Concern for cedars in Roxburgh that may be felled to make way for a skate park is spreading to other parts of Central Otago.
The Teviot Valley Community Board voted to remove the trees at its meeting in November, but since then the plan has met resistance from some in the community who do not want the trees to be removed.
Ray Wright, of Alexandra, is one of those people.

Learning that the skate park was still looking for about $20,000 in funding before it could begin construction, Mr Wright had the idea to create a ‘‘tree lovers fund’’.
The money raised would only be offered if the trees were guaranteed to be safe from felling, he said.

He had also offered his services as a retired landscape architect to help with any redesign and landscaping required to ensure the trees’ survival.

About $3000 had been promised to the fund, and people interested in contributing could email cedartreesavers.roxy@gmail. com, Mr Wright said.

He also said that although wood from felling the trees had been offered to he community as firewood, cedar wood was fire-resistant and as such, was not a good source of fuel.

A Central Otago District Council spokeswoman said its staff were analysing feedback on the proposal to remove the trees, and a report was being prepared.
When completed, the report would be presented to the Teviot Valley Community Board.
A meeting date had not yet been set, she said.