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Notable trees

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​What is a notable tree?

A notable tree is a tree or group of trees that a community or nation regards as being of special importance because they:

  • commemorate important events in a nation’s history
  • are an exceptional or unique example of a species
  • are critical to the survival of other animal and plant species
  • are of such age, stature, character and visibility that they are regarded as the best in the district.

What happens when we schedule a tree?

If we decide to protect a tree as a notable tree, we will include it on the notable tree schedule in the unitary plan or the Auckland Council District Plan — Hauraki Gulf Islands (HGI)section.

That way it gets greater legal protection and it:

  • can't be cut down or removed without us approving a resource consent
  • may be eligible for grants and other incentives.

Check if a tree is notable

09 301 0101

enquiry@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

Guidelines for notable tree evaluation

To find out the criteria for evaluating the importance of trees and their level of significance, see the Guidelines for nominating a notable tree for evaluation document.

You could ask your local board, botanical society or another community group to help you with the nomination, or to make it on your behalf.

​You cannot nominate pest plants listed in the Regional Pest Management Strategy.

 

How to nominate a notable tree for evaluation

 By email

​Read the guidelines document and complete the nomination form contained in it.

Email the completed form to the heritage unit at heritage@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

 By post

​Read the guidelines document and complete the nomination form contained in it.

Send the completed form and any supporting documents to:

Heritage Unit

       Auckland Council

       Private Bag 92300

       Victoria Street West

       Auckland 1142

 In person

​Read the guidelines document and complete the nomination form contained in it.

Bring the completed form and any supporting documents to the service centre nearest to the address of the nominated tree.

Our tip

We will assign a low priority to, or not proceed with, any nominations that are unlikely to meet the significance thresholds, or that don't contain enough information.

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