Chop­ping of trees

Central Leader - - NEWS -

While the rules around tree pro­tec­tion re­main in­con­sis­tent through­out Auck­land the coun­cil is re­mind­ing peo­ple to check be­fore chop­ping any spec­i­mens.

Un­til the Auck­land Coun­cil adopts the Uni­tary Plan, which will pro­vide one rule­book for the whole re­gion, a num­ber of dif­fer­ent rules ap­ply­ing to tree cut­ting and prun­ing still ex­ist un­der the former coun­cils’ district plans.

The coun­cil has re­vised the ex­tent of the gen­eral tree pro­tec­tion rules for Rod­ney, North Shore and the old Auck­land City Coun­cil area, mean­ing coun­cil con­sent may no longer be re­quired to cut or prune trees.

But plan­ning man­ager Penny Pir­rit says some trees are still pro­tected and need to be checked against the tree reg­is­ter.

‘‘If you fell or dam­age a pro­tected tree, you may be pros­e­cuted and fined.’’

The government in­tro­duced the Re­source Man­age­ment Re­form Bill to Par­lia­ment last month. Among other things, the bill pro­poses to fur­ther re­strict all coun­cils’ abil­ity to pro­tect ur­ban trees and would re­voke most, if not all, the gen­eral pro­tec­tion rules across Auck­land.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Good start: A newly es­tab­lished com­mu­nity garden at Lis­ton Re­tire­ment Vil­lage has been a great ini­tia­tive, head gar­dener Wendy Claire says. She is pic­tured at the garden flanked by fel­low res­i­dent Ber­nadette O’Neil and Gar­dens for Health rep­re­sen­ta­tive Richard Main.

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