Dunedin residents are being given the chance to add their
leafy favourites to Dunedin's schedule of significant trees.
Dunedin City Council city development manager Dr Anna Johnson
said that as part of the council's review of the district
plan, which contains the schedule, the council was seeking
nominations for trees residents believed mattered to the
heritage and environmental fabric of the city.
If assessed as being significant, nominated trees would be
added to the schedule, which at present lists more than 1200
trees and more than 100 groups of trees identified as worthy
Candidates for the schedule could be located anywhere and
selected for consideration if they were particularly
magnificent, of historic significance, of great stature or
Dunedin was a city that took pride in its landscapes and
environment, Dr Johnson said.
''Trees in the urban environment are part of Dunedin's charm,
whether these are large natives, which support bellbirds and
tui, or exotics planted by early settlers."
The council wanted to ensure it identified and protected
special trees that significantly contributed to people's
perceptions and enjoyment of the city.
A council arborist and landscape architect would assess
nominated trees to determine whether they warranted inclusion
on the revised schedule.
The assessment was based on the standard tree evaluation
method, which evaluated positive and negative aspects of each
tree against criteria relating to the health of the tree, its
characteristics and any other important values it had
(including stature and historic or scientific value).
Property owners could also request a reassessment if they
believed the status of a tree or stand of trees had changed
noticeably since it was included on the schedule.
The nomination form is available from the council by phoning
477-4000 or visiting the council's website. Nominations close
on March 1.