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Notable Trees

Notable trees are trees on public or private land that have been assessed as having a high historical, botanical, environmental or landscape value. These trees need special care and attention to ensure that future generations can enjoy the value that they provide to the City’s tree canopy.

Why we protect trees

Trees of a certain significance may be protected under the Palmerston North City District Plan.

The rules and incentives put in place are to ensure that these trees are maintained to a healthy standard so that they:

  • Are safe and stable
  • Continue to contribute to the amenity of the City’s tree canopy
  • Continue to grow well without any issues

Notable trees are managed so that work is undertaken by contractors trusted with a high level of expertise and experience behind having the tree’s best interests in mind.

Is your tree protected?

The table of Notable Trees, Notable Groups of Trees, and Indigenous Bush Remnants shows all of the areas with notable trees on them.

View the table below to see whether your property has a protected tree on it.

Click on the links for each location to view the tree assessment report for the tree or group of trees on the property, showing its score and recommended maintenance.

Ref No. Location Ref No. Location Ref No. Location
1 360 Albert Street and 2 Virtue Place 13 The Showgrounds Cuba Street 50 11 Seddon Street
2 313 Church Street 14 Kelvin Grove Cemetery Kelvin Grove Road 51 68 Slacks Road
3 29 Fitzroy Street 15.1 The Square* 52.1 167 Staces Road
4 90 Limbrick Street 15.2 The Square* 52.2 167 Staces Road
5 61 Lombard Street 16 82 Te Awe Awe Street* 52.3 167 Staces Road
6 30 Moerangi Street 17 375 Botanical Road 52.4 167 Staces Road
7 82 Te Awe Awe Street* 18 46 South Street* 52.5 167 Staces Road
8 254 Victoria Avenue 19 576 Featherston Street 52.6 167 Staces Road
9 Batchelar Research Centre, 80 Tennent Drive 20 161 Fitzherbert Avenue 52.7 167 Staces Road
10.1 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 21 863 Flat A/B Main Street 53.1 7 Te Matai Road
10.2 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 22 123 Park Road 53.2 7 Te Matai Road
10.3 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 23 155a Victoria Avenue 54 98 Church Street
10.4 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 24 Pastoral Lane Road Reserve 55 240a Victoria Avenue
10.5 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 25 10 Pastoral Lane 56 9 Featherston Street
10.6 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 26 3 Pastoral Lane A1 166 Cambridge Avenue Ashhurst
10.7 130 Te Awe Awe Street* 27 3 Stanley Avenue A2 128 Salisbury Street Ashhurst
11 106 Victoria Avenue 28 74a Fitzroy Street A3 82 Mulgrave Street Ashhurst
12.1 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 29 318 College Street A4 283 Cambridge Avenue Ashhurst
12.2 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 30 47 Te Awe Awe Street G1 Centennial Drive, at the junction of Centennial Drive and the entry to the Hokowhitu Golf Club*
12.3 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 31 632 Pioneer Highway G2 Centennial Drive, at the junction of Centennial Drive and the entry to the Hokowhitu Golf Club*
12.4 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 32 40 Pahiatua Street* G3 Buick Crescent*
12.5 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 33 40 Pahiatua Street* G4 Fitzherbert Drive Fitzherbert Avenue*
12.6 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 34 179 Fitzherbert Avenue G5 The Victoria Esplanade Palm Drive*
12.7 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 35 399 Albert Street* G6 Milverton Park Victoria Avenue
12.8 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 36 636 Ferguson Street G7 130 Te Awe Awe Street*
12.9 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 37 263 Featherston Street G8 The Square*
12.10 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 38 34 Slacks Road G9 Road Reserve on Eastern Side of Racecourse Road
12.11 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 39 91 Florence Avenue G10 88 Te Awe Awe Street
12.12 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 40 80 Albert Street G11 130 Batchelar Drive
12.13 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 41 117 Park Road G12 70 Fitzroy Street
12.14 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 42 96 Te Awe Awe Street G13 21 Margaret Street
12.15 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 43 127 Fitzherbert Avenue G14.1 189 Fitzherbert Avenue
12.16 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 44 38 Ihaka Street G14.2 189 Fitzherbert Avenue
12.17 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 45 183 Grey Street G15 130 Te Awe Awe Street*
12.18 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 46.1 121 Park Road G16 Pastoral Lane*
12.19 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 46.2 121 Park Road G17 666 Tremaine Avenue
12.20 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 47 229 Ruahine Street GA1 25 Lincoln Street Ashhurst
12.21 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 48 512 Church Street GA2 19 River Road Ashhurst ‘Totara’
12.22 The Victoria Esplanade Fitzherbert Avenue* 49 56 Linton Street GA3 Deer Park Ashhurst

What rules protect notable trees?

The Cultural and Natural Heritage Section of the Palmerston North City District Plan guides what work on and around Notable Trees requires assessment via resource consent.

In summary:

  • Trimming that requires more than a pair of secateurs will require a resource consent
  • Regular tree maintenance such as deadwood removal, crown lifts, and other non-invasive work is considered minor maintenance, with a very simple assessment required
  • More than minor maintenance work, whole or partial removal of the tree, or excavation work under the canopy of the tree is considered work that may have serious consequences for the health and safety of the tree and surrounds if not managed well. Therefore this type of work requires a full assessment by Council.

What support does Council provide?

Council recognises that Notable Trees are of value to the wider community, yet the ownership and responsibility to maintain the tree is on the tree owner.

The quality of regular maintenance work can have a significant impact on a tree’s ability to grow healthily.

The need for quality work to be undertaken can come at a cost, so Council has a Notable Tree Incentive Strategy for notable tree owners to apply to for 70% of the arborist work, up to a total of $400 for an individual tree, and $1500 for a group of trees.

This funding is available for minor maintenance work only, and applicants must use preferred contractors and adhere to the funding guidelines below.

There is no lodgement or processing fee for obtaining a Resource Consent for minor maintenance of Notable Trees. However, the work on the tree must be done in line with the maintenance schedule contained in the notable tree STEM assessment.

Want to be a preferred contractor?

Council’s preferred contractor list is a list of arborists that have demonstrated that they can work safely on Notable Trees and undertake work that leads to exceptional health outcomes for the tree.

Financial assistance is provided to Notable Tree owners that use these contractors.

If you are a contractor who would like to be considered as a preferred contractor, then please fill out the application form below

Nominate a Notable Tree

Have a tree that you would like to consider for Notable Tree Status?

Notable Trees are reviewed as part of the District Plan review process, however we welcome suggestions for new notable trees at any time.

Please contact Council to make a nomination.