With only days to go before nominations close, the
Dunedin City Council has received 33 nominations for
significant trees to be included in the second generation
Twelve of the nominations were made since the nomination
period opened in December, and the remainder were made since
the last review of the significant tree schedule, in April
2008. The nomination period closes on Friday. City
development manager Dr Anna Johnson said nominations so far
covered a range of tree species including totara, magnolia,
pine, a variety of beeches, rhododendron, oak, elm,
macrocarpa, chestnut, eastern dogwood, and walnut, located
across the city.
About half of the nominations were for native trees.
She said people had nominated trees for all reasons,
including some that had local historical significance. For
example, a totara nominated on Portobello Rd was believed to
have been where boats were tied up to transfer passengers and
supplies as they travelled from Port Chalmers to Dunedin.
Having a tree listed on the significant tree schedule did not
mean the tree could not be touched, rather that when normal
maintenance was done on it, the property owner had to apply
for a free resource consent that ensured the maintenance was
professional and beneficial for the health of the tree.
Grants towards the costs of maintenance were also available
from the council.
Six groups of trees and several individual trees nominated
were on properties not owned by the nominator. In those
cases, the council would contact the owners to determine
their view on the nomination.
Following the nomination period, each tree would be evaluated
against criteria relating to the condition of the tree, its
amenity characteristics and any other important values it has
(including stature, and historic or scientific value), as
well as considering other aspects such as age, height,
function and occurrence of the species, and any negative
If the tree met the criteria, it would be included in the
draft schedule of significant trees, which would be notified
to the public with the rest of the draft second generation
district plan for public submissions, Dr Johnson said.