Fever trees felled to keep egrets’ poo off cars

2016-02-11 10:15
The fever trees outside Toyota on Armitage Road, which were a favourite nesting place for egrets, have been chopped down.

The fever trees outside Toyota on Armitage Road, which were a favourite nesting place for egrets, have been chopped down. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Fever trees in Armitage Road that were the roosting place for scores of egrets have been chopped down.

Pietermaritzburg Toyota in Armitage Road confirmed they had felled the trees yesterday and on Tuesday due to the “mess” the birds left behind, saying it was a health hazard.

An angry Pietermaritzburg man who asked not to be named said it was sad to see that the trees had been felled. He thought it had been done “for aesthetic reasons”.

“I went and spoke to the manager of Toyota yesterday and asked if they had permission to fell the trees. They said the Msunduzi parks department had been to talk to them and that the trees were being cut down because the birds were messing up the entrance of the building.

“I think it is very disturbing and sad that the trees have been felled and I wonder what will happen to the egrets that used to roost in those trees.”

Toyota vehicle sales manager Dion Olivier said they had permission from the parks department and that the mess the egrets had made outside their offices was “a health hazard”.

“The tree felling was all cleared after the parks department came to visit us [yesterday] morning,” he said. “The birds roosting in the trees had become a health risk because they mess all over the visitors’ cars and the entrance and all day that smell came in through the building.

“We tried a number of things to move them, however it did not work and felling the trees was our last resort,” said Olivier.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that the developer of the area had claimed that the trees were in his property and are a health risk which led him to fell the trees. “We have sent the district horticulturist to investigate,” said Madonda.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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