Trees of significance may be protected under the Palmerston North City District Plan. There are rules and incentives to ensure these trees are maintained to a healthy standard so they’re safe and stable, and can continue to contribute to the city’s tree canopy. Work on notable trees is carried out by experienced contractors.
Nominate a notable tree
Have a tree, group of trees, or bush remnant 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.
Can’t wait for the next review to get them protected? Talk to your lawyer about getting a covenant to protect your tree. You may be able to get financial support from the QEII National Trust or Department of Conservation for covenanting bush areas.
Is your tree protected?
Check the table below to see if your property has a protected tree on it. Click on the link for each location to view the STEM tree assessment report for the tree or group of trees on a property, along with its score and recommended maintenance.
How notable trees are protected
The Cultural and Natural Heritage Section of the District Plan guides what work on and around notable trees requires assessment through resource consent.
At a glance:
- Trimming that requires more than secateurs will need resource consent.
- Regular tree maintenance such as deadwood removal, crown lifts, and other non-invasive work is considered minor maintenance, with a simple assessment required.
- More than minor maintenance work – such as 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. This type of work requires a full assessment by Council.
Council support for notable trees
Council recognises that notable trees are of value to the wider community, but the ownership and responsibility to maintain the tree is on the property 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 to enable notable tree owners to apply for reimbursement of 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 stick to the funding guidelines below.
There is no lodgement or processing fee for getting a resource consent for minor maintenance of notable trees, but the work must be done in line with the maintenance schedule in the STEM tree assessment report (see table above for individual reports).
Want to be a preferred contractor?
We have a preferred contractor list of arborists that have shown they can work safely on notable trees, and whose work has led to exceptional health outcomes for trees. If you are a contractor who would like to be considered as a preferred contractor, please fill out the application form below.