135-year-old pines felled

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The two distinctive pine trees at St Luke’s Church, which were planted 135 years ago, were cut down yesterday after they became a safety concern.

The Norfolk Island pines were planted in 1878 to mark the death of Bishop Selwyn, New Zealand’s first bishop and in memory of his friend Bishop John Patteson, who was killed seven years earlier.

The felling was originally planned for mid-June but bad weather allowed the trees to stand for an extra two months.

 

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