Getting some protection . . . Dunedin Amenities Society
member Paul Pope sits under the trees at his Portobello
home, including a protected 100-year-old totara. Photo by
Dunedin people are being given a chance to save their
favourite trees from destruction as part of a review of the
significant trees list by the Dunedin City Council.
Council city development manager Anna Johnson said people
could nominate trees they felt were ''particularly
magnificent, of historic significance, great stature or
The council's arborist would then assess all of the trees
nominated to decide if they would join the 1200 individual
and 100 groups of trees already listed in ''Schedule 25.3:
Significant Trees'' of the Dunedin City District Plan.
''Dunedin is a city that takes pride in its amazing
landscapes and environment.
''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,'' Ms Johnson said.
Property-owners can request a reassessment if they believe
the status of a tree or stand of trees has changed notably
since it was included on the Schedule.
New Zealand's oldest tree protection society, the Dunedin
Amenities Society will be asking for a system of advocacy for
Society member Paul Pope said when it came to trees ''one
man's treasure is another person's problem''.
Landowners often wanted to cut their trees down because they
shaded the house, the leaves blew into the gutters or for a
host of other reasons.
However, many trees could be significantly improved with the
input of an arborist who could prune and thin a tree to
improve the situation.
He said the significant trees list was an important
''snapshot'' but not a definitive view of tree resources in
''The society believes that a greater advocacy role for the
protection of trees should be taken by the city council.
''That may mean a less regulatory approach and a more
collaborative one that encourages and educates landowners
about the value and maintenance of trees in the community and
on their properties,'' Mr Pope said.
He said there were situations where it was a case of ''wrong
tree in the wrong place'' and there needed to be an option to
deal with it.
Tree nomination forms are available from the council
(477-4000) or at www.dunedin.govt.nz.