Trees play an integral part in reinforcing our identity as the Garden City, a reputation which many Christchurch residents pride themselves on.
As well as their aesthetic values, trees also provide a range of other essential environmental, economic, cultural and social community benefits.
With the current challenges being faced through climate change, the vital role which trees play in sequestering carbon, cooling through shade and managing stormwater has never been more important.
Given the important role trees play in our urban environment, tree removal will generally be a last resort and we will always look for alternatives.
Our Tree Policy covers how we manage trees on Council land, including the decision making process for removal.
On Council land, we can remove trees as part of the tree renewal program if the tree is:
- Dying and unlikely to recover
- Dead or structurally unsound.
- Causing significant damage to buildings, services, or property or pose a safety risk to the public.
We don't remove trees for the following reasons (unless approved under the Tree Policy:)
- There is a safe and practical means for tree retention.
- To minimise obstruction of views or commercial signage.
- To reduce leaf or fruit litter and other debris.
- To reduce shading.
- For contributing to allergenic or irritant responses (unless approved under section 4.20 of the policy).
Decisions relating to the removal of trees which fall outside of the Councils regular tree renewal program are made by the relevant community board.
All decisions relating to the removal of trees on Council owned or administered land are in line with the Tree Policy.
The process to remove a tree on Council land