Armidale Regional Council CEO Susan Law moved to reassure Armidale ratepayers that council had no intention of cutting down trees within the city for no good reason. Her clarification came after the Armidale Express was contacted by concerned members of the public.
"We manage an urban forest and have expert staff members who maintain it for us. We never remove a tree without a very good reason," Mrs Law said.
"Having said that, we are replacing the water main in Brown Street between Taylor and Marsh streets, and that did require the removal of a few trees.
"I also realise Essential Energy has recently done work near their power lines."
Mrs Law said it was council's intention to plant 150 new trees this year and 300 next year - if this region sees some decent rain.
"Autumn is a good time for planting trees, provided we're not in drought. It simply would not make sense to plant a lot of tress and have them die off," she said.