Nominations needed for Notable Trees
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Council is seeking nominations from residents of trees worthy of protection in the South Taranaki district.
The Council is in the process of updating the District Plan schedule of notable trees throughout the rural and urban areas. There are currently 71 Notable Trees across South Taranaki listed in the schedule (visit the Council website or contact the Council for a copy of the current schedule). The majority of these trees are in Hawera, Opunake, Patea and Waverley. By keeping a schedule of notable trees within the District Plan, the Council is able to protect and recognise those of value to the district.
Where trees are included on the schedule the Council will attach a plaque or tag to the tree to indicate that the tree has “protected” status. Once a tree is listed on the Notable Tree Schedule, resource consent is required to either remove the tree or carry out major trimming.
A notable tree is one that has either historical or cultural value, or is recognised as a landmark, visually pleasing, a rare species or of botanical significance. If you have a tree or know of one that you consider outstanding, you can nominate it for Council consideration. Please write to Council (Planning Department, South Taranaki District Council, Private Bag 902, Hawera 4640 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the following information:
• Your name and contact details
• Address and type of tree (include a rough map showing location of tree)
• Photo of tree
• Who owns the property the tree is located on (if known)
• Why you think this tree is notable/distinctive and worthy of protection (e.g. its size and significance). Please tell us any relevant information about the tree/s:
• History (age if known, historic value and past or present community association/ commemoration)
• Condition (health)
• Amenity (community benefit, role and stature, visibility)
Nominations close on 30 June 2014.
The Council will then review the nominations received, and an evaluation will be undertaken (including a site visit) using the Standard Tree Evaluation Method (STEM) and a recommendation will be made on the tree’s eligibility to be included in the Notable Tree Schedule. Consultation with landowners will also be undertaken if any of these trees are located on private property.