Tree planting is an integral part of managing and developing trees on public land to achieve a long term sustainable canopy over the city. To achieve the appropriate canopy cover for the urban environment and to offset any canopy cover reduction an increase in planting numbers is required. Improving the quality of the tree canopy will be achieved through planting “the right tree in the right place”.
We will actively seek new tree planting opportunities in suitable locations to maximise canopy cover and deliver ongoing environmental, economic and social benefits.
All projects we lead will prioritise the incorporation of new tree planting into their design. This may include but is not limited to installing new underground services outside of grass berms to allow sufficient rooting environment for new trees.
We will endeavour to plant the most appropriate tree species based on site suitability, aesthetic, functional and biological attributes, performance, longevity and the potential to contribute to landscape character.
In sites of ecological significance including non urban areas of Banks Peninsula, and the Port Hills, we will endeavour to strengthen and enhance existing indigenous biodiversity and ecological resilience by selecting native species provenanced to the local area or region for new tree planting except where other species are necessary for specified reasons.
Trees will be planted only in the road reserve where the species selected has sufficient space to grow into mature and healthy specimens without causing significant damage to existing infrastructure. Trees will be planted under power lines only where the species selected is able to grow to maturity without requiring line clearance pruning that results in poor tree form or structure.
All trees will have a minimum establishment maintenance period of 24 months.
The owners of property located directly next to new or replacement tree planting may have input into the final positioning of the tree, but not as to whether a tree is to be planted outside their property.
The cost of planting and establishing street and park trees within new subdivisions will be covered by the developer for at least 24 months.
We acknowledge that trees have a finite lifespan and may require removal for a number of different reasons. We are committed to ensuring that a tree renewal programme is maintained to ensure the canopy cover is not only replaced but is also increased for future generations.
1.9 For every tree removed a minimum of two new trees will be planted.
- The canopy cover which is lost as a result of the removal will be replaced within 20 years through the planting of additional trees.
- The location for the new tree will be based on the following:
Road corridor removals
(1) In the same road corridor where the tree was removed; or
(2) If no further planting in the road corridor is required, then in the closest road corridor that requires either new or additional planting; or
(3) Within the Urban Forest.
Removals outside of the road corridor such as reserves:
(1) In the same reserve where the tree was removed; or
(2) If no further planting in reserve is required, then in the closest road corridor or reserve that requires either new or additional planting; or
(3) Within the Urban Forest.
We support the community care and ongoing stewardship of public open spaces. Community planting is one way residents can become directly involved with the care of their local reserve. Community-initiated tree planting requires prior approval from the asset owner of the land (i.e. the specific Council unit) and the local community board. Information to be provided for approval should include the proposed site, planting locations, species, the perspective of surrounding neighbours and ongoing maintenance arrangements will be needed prior to approval being given.
We encourage community involvement and will endeavour to support and enhance community planting and engagement opportunities.
Note: This policy should be read in association with the Community Garden and Edible Tree Policies.
Commemorative tree planting is generally done to honour a particular person or for remembering an event. The type of tree and chosen location need to be appropriate for the person or event that it is commemorating. Commemorative planting should also contribute to the amenity of the location by ensuring the tree is healthy and complements
the surrounding environment.
We will consider requests for commemorative tree planting in public open space.
The species of trees used for commemorative tree planting may vary depending on the suitability of the site and any planting designs, plans, strategies and policies.
A minimum replacement period will be determined with the applicant prior to the tree planting. The tree will be replaced if it dies within this time period. Once the minimum replacement period has expired we will no longer be obligated to replace the tree.
While we will make every effort to retain a commemorative tree, we reserve the right to remove the tree for development purposes, or any other Council project. If this is done prior to the minimum replacement period we will plant a new commemorative tree in the closest available position and where possible with input from the applicant.