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Tree Surgeon To Preserve Capital’s Iconic Ivi Tree

“We have hired an arborist (a tree surgeon) who would come up with the best way to preserve what has been left of the tree and keep it alive.
02 Feb 2021 13:13
Tree Surgeon To Preserve Capital’s Iconic Ivi Tree
Suva City Council cleaning up the iconic ivi tree (Tahitian chestnut) that was destroyed by TC Ana.

No expense will be spared by the Suva City Council in saving the iconic ivi (Tahitian chestnut) tree which had stood the test of time until Sunday.

Strong winds brought by Cyclone Ana caused a significant part of the trunk to fall off is over a century old. Pictures of old Suva show how the urban scape changed over the years but the ivi (Tahitian chestnut) tree had remained.

It suffered its first known major hit during Tropical Cyclone Winston as highlighted by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama his tribute to the tree on his Facebook page on Sunday.

For Suva and Lami special administrator chair Isikeli Tikoduadua the tree is something he personally cares about.

“When I worked with the Bank of New Zealand, my office was just opposite the tree. For more than two decades I have spent my lunch hour and breaks near the tree,” he said.

“We have hired an arborist (a tree surgeon) who would come up with the best way to preserve what has been left of the tree and keep it alive.

“We will also talk with the museum and the universities to see if the part which fell can be used to make some artwork.”

 

Clean Up

The Council has estimated that it would take 350 loads of green waste from the Suva and 50 from Lami after clean-up for Cyclone Ana is completed.

Clean up started on Sunday and in 24 hours 35 cubic metres of vegetation was removed.

Mr Tikoduadua urged Lami and Suva residents to work with the Councils. He said where possible residents were urged to do a clean-up themselves as well.

 

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