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Nomination of Significant Trees

Council is calling for nominations for significant trees to be included in the District Plan.

District Plan review

We are currently reviewing the District Plan (the Plan), and as part of that review we are looking at the policy and rules around significant trees. Significant trees are an important natural resource that contribute to the amenity and character of our urban environment, provide important ecological and biodiversity services, and may also have historical and cultural values. For a landowner, listing a significant tree in the Plan provides peace of mind that the tree has a level of protection no matter who owns the property in the future.

What trees are currently significant under the District Plan?

The current significant trees are on both Council land and private land. A list of the current significant trees can be viewed from:

Ashbury Park Quercus ilex Holm Oak

Ashbury Park Quercus ilex Holm Oak

What is Council’s proposed evaluation method for significant trees?

The Standard Method for Tree Evaluation (STEM) will be used to assess potential significant tree candidates. The following matters will be considered in the STEM evaluation:

  • Size
  • Position
  • Presence of other trees
  • Occurence of the Species
  • Role in location
  • Useful life expectancy
  • Form
  • Scientific value
  • Historic value
  • Cultural value
  • Functional value
  • Ecological value
  • Stand landscape value
  • Other relevant factors

More information about STEM can be found from The New Zealand Notable Trees Trust.

How do I nominate a tree or group of trees for protection under the District Plan?

Anyone can nominate a tree for protection in the Plan even if you are not the owner of the property. The written approval of the land owner will be sought if a tree is not nominated by its land owner. Please note that nominations need to contain sufficient information to ensure the nominated tree(s) can be identified and evaluated.

Nomination is open from 24 May 2018 till 4 July 2018. If you wish to nominate a tree for protection under the District Plan, nomination can be made online here. Alternatively, nomination for the protection of a tree (or trees) under the District Plan can be made in writing on the Nomination Form to:

Timaru District Council
PO Box 522
Timaru 7910
Hand in Timaru District Council Main Office 
2 King George Place

Nomination Form is also available from Council’s service centres at:

  • Geraldine Library and Service Centre, 78 - 82 Talbot Street, Geraldine;
  • Customer Services Reception, Timaru District Council, 2 King George Place, Timaru;
  • Timaru Library, 56 Sophia Street, Timaru;
  • Temuka Library and Service Centre, 72-74 King Street, Temuka

What happens after I have made a nomination?

Once a nomination is received, an assessment will be carried out to determine whether or not the tree is deemed to be suitable for protection. If the tree is considered suitable, it will be included in the Draft District Plan, which will be released for consultation as part of the District Plan Review. For more information on the District Plan Review, please visit

Publish Date: 24 May 2018