It May Not Be Easy To Remove That Problem Tree

It May Not Be Easy To Remove That Problem Tree

With summer on the way Freddy had made good use of a sunny weekend day by getting outside and doing some work around the yard.  Pebbles had called over and Freddy and Pebbles were enjoying a cold beverage on the deck. Freddy was telling Pebbles of his plans to remove the large tree in the front section as it blocked the sun and was making a big mess with falling leaves.  “I have the number of a guy somewhere around here…” said Freddy.

“Hold on a minute, Dad,” interrupts Pebbles, “you can’t go cutting down trees that willy-nilly.  That tree may be protected as a notable tree.”

“A notable tree,” questions Freddy, “what’s that.”

“A notable tree is one that is considered significant under the criteria in the New Plymouth District Plan.” Pebbles explains.  “They are protected so that many older native trees remain in communities.

“But it is on my property!” Freddy exclaims.

“Yes I know,” says Pebbles, “they can be on public or private property.  If you own a notable tree you can use the space around the tree like usual, providing that the tree, including the roots system, is not damaged. The District Plan has rules relating to notable trees, such as trimming and maintenance, removal or destruction, subdivision of land containing a notable tree, construction of buildings, and completion of earthworks” says Pebbles.

“What if I want to do something that is not in the rules?” Freddy asks.

“You will have to apply for resource consent and get a report from an arborist who will assess the value of the notable tree and what the impact on the surrounding environment would be. The trees add to the attractiveness of the community and provide shelter and shade and a safe haven for birds, insects and other animals.

“They usually only allow removal of trees that are not in good condition and can fall and cause damage to houses or the areas around them.” says Pebbles

“Crikey,” says Freddy, “I feel a headache coming on.”

“Don’t worry,” says Pebbles, “you have probably had too much sun.  We can check the rules in the District Plan and give the Council a call to make sure we get it right.”

“OK,” says Freddy, “sounds like I better not rush this one,” as he pours another drink for himself and relaxes into his deck chair.


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