This job involved carefully dismantling two very large, mature radiata pines from amongst native bush in Greenhithe on Auckland’s North Shore.
A great deal of care was required to take all practicable steps to minimise damage to the surrounding bush.
There was zero access for heavy equipment or cranes so both trees had to be climbed and rigged. It was not possible to leave the cut branches stacked in the bush (habitating) as commonly done due to limited space and the presence of a stream which would have been blocked by the debris.
Our solution was to chip everything on site and spray the chip straight into the bush using our tracked chipper. The tracked chipper had to be lowered down a steep bank on a neighbouring property where we then navigated the machine through the trees and across a temporary bridge to arrive at the work zone. The entire job was completed with just a small drop zone being cleared immediately next to the pines.
The trunks of the pines (which were too big to chip) were left intact amongst the trees where the will rot and help create habitats for birds and insects. The large quantity of wood chips produced allowed the finished site to be left very tidy, resembling a beautifully mulched garden in a park or playground.