A LAUNCESTON resident has slammed Aurora Energy's tree trimming policy after his Cypress tree was hacked beyond recognition on Saturday.
But an Aurora spokesman said trees were required to have a three- metre clearance distance from powerlines and it would be too expensive to trim the same trees annually.
Elphin Road resident Steven Hill has lived in the same house for eight years and said the tree had been nicely trimmed during the first four years or so.
Mr Hill said the tree had not been trimmed for the past four years however, and the tree had grown into the powerlines.
He heard noise outside on Saturday and assumed it was NBN workers.
Mr Hill was unaware of the trimming until he saw the aftermath.
"I went out to go for a run and thought, `what the hell?'." he said.
"The tree has been cut in half, almost from the top down.
"Now it sticks out wider than it is tall.
"It looks bare in the middle like it's dead."
Mr Hill said that maybe Aurora was trying to save money by trimming trees less often, but more drastically.
He said the tree appeared to have been cut further from the powerlines than in the past.
Mr Hill has notified Aurora and wants his tree trimmed neatly.
An Aurora spokesman said Mr Hill could send photos to Aurora of his tree.
The spokesman said he was unaware of any policy change in trimming, but if more care needed to have been taken, that might be a consideration.
The spokesman said vegetation interfering with powerlines was a major cause of power outages.