Disappointment is the word being used to describe the actions of someone who poisoned a tree on The Strand.
A SunLive reader emailed this morning to say she noticed a large amount of salt had been poured over the roots of a Pohutakawa tree by the railway bridge.
“I rang the council yesterday. It was wilting badly. Hope it survives.”
Tauranga City Council parks and recreation manager Mark Smith says unfortunately the caller was right and this tree has been poisoned by a particularly determined person.
“Salt has been poured around its base, and there are drill holes in the tree which suggests other poisons have been used also.
“We're unsure whether we'll be able to save the tree at this stage,” says Mark.
“It's hugely disappointing, particularly as this tree doesn't have any neighbours who would be negatively impacted by it.”
If anyone knows anything about the tree being poisoned, they are asked to contact Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000.
If anyone see another person committing such an act, they are asked to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.