Trees have a unique place in our environment. Without them, human life as we know it would not exist. Trees conserve water, make our air breathable, absorb air pollution, support our slopes and form the hub of enormous underground micro-environments that strengthen soil and foster insect life.

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Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Environmental advocacy group The Tree Council has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against the decision by Auckland Transport to accept the Notices of Requirement recommended by Commissioners on behalf of the consent authority for the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor upgrade. “The Tree Council was disappointed that the Commissioners accepted Auckland Transport’s proposals without… More

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

The Tree Council has joined the appeal by the Friends of Fowld’s Park Inc of the decision of Auckland Council to install an artificial turf with retaining wall and fencing at Fowld’s Park in Western Springs. The proposal will result in the removal of a number of trees, significant alteration of the park’s landscape design… More

Rosebank Road Trees

Rosebank Road Trees

As of mid July the situation regarding the Oak and Pohutukawa trees in Rosebank Road, Avondale is that The Tree Council, Connell Place Ltd (CPL) and Auckland Council (AC) have had two meetings to discuss the two different plans that CPL want to put forward as resource consent applications.  From those two meetings some agreement was reached as to the limitation of infrastructure (parking and roading mostly) affecting the root systems of the trees and methods to avoid damage to those root systems.  CPL have now lodged with AC their two separate development plans for resource consents and we wait to see if AC accept both plans, only one, or none, as a complying application.  AC will then decide whether the applications need to be notified as a limited notification, as a fully notified application, or not notified at all.  Those Council decisions are totally out of our hands.

We may get the information on the AC’s decisions within the month, then again it may take longer.

The Tree Council has at this stage done as much as it is legally able to do to get the best outcome for these two magnificent trees but we will need to wait and see what our next step will or may be.  Scheduling of these two trees will depend on CPL being able to develop their site to make an adequate return on their investment.

This truly is a “Saga of Immense Proportions”.

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