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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 to ensure that future generations can enjoy them.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.