Te Papanui (Enderley) Street Trees

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Springfield Crescent is one of the only streets in the Enderley area that had a mature street trees cover. Even though the trees have been felled, it is still described as ‘One of the best streets in the area’. In 2014, ‘29 mature Melia trees’* were cut down because they ‘had damaged the footpaths, kerbs and water pipes’*. A new water main and rider pipe were installed and the kerb and channel/footpath were also rebuilt. The damage was blamed on the Melia trees.

*Waikato Times – Extensive repairs for Fairfield [Enderley] street – Aaron Leaman Nov 06 2014

The problem may not be the tree type, as Melia trees can be found on a number of Hamilton streets; for example Brookfield St**(p.12) in Hamilton East. The Tauranga planting guide recommends Melia trees as suitable when the berm width is 1.7-3.0m***(p.50). On Springfield Cres the council could have changed the route of the new pipes and kerbs to create a wider berm to suit mature trees, instead of rebuilding to a strict 1950s standard.

***Tauranga City – Planting guide – page 50. Melia tree suitable when berm width is 1.7-3m

Enderley has a small 3 percentage of land area set aside for public recreational use. It has curving streets, making trips longer. Enderley does have some laneways, which provide access for people who choose to walk. But street networks with narrow berms and limited numbers of mature trees do not provide the pleasant street canopy cover that the ‘2,000 street trees’**(p.12) found in the street network of Hamilton East do.

**Defining the character of Hamilton East. 2008, page 12 – This gives rise to over 2,000 street trees in the public road reserve berms making a significant contribution to the character and amenity of the area.

Shakespeare Ave

 The benefits of street trees are well known. They can ‘slow traffic – a 2006 study by the State of Michigan reported that using trees to line roadways brought down average speeds by 7-8 mph [11-13 km]. Street trees also help to achieve reductions in global warming – they provide cooling shade and can lower the air temperature by countering the “heat island” effect of the urban environment, whereby buildings act as storage heaters to absorb heat during the day and release it at night. A temperature differential of between 5 and15 degrees is felt when walking on tree-canopied streets. By contrast, tarmac and concrete streets and car parks are known to increase urban temperatures by 3-7 degrees’ (see – ‘Street trees for living – benefits of street trees’). If we want mature street trees in the Te Papanui (Enderley), the kerbs need to change so that the streets can have wider berms.

 

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