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.
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.
- 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.