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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Save 6 pohutukawas at St Luke’s on Great North Rd

Proposals to widen the current St Luke’s motorway junction from Great North Road threaten to remove 6 mature pohutukawa trees from the roadside opposite Western Springs Park. The resource consent application has been publicly notified and submissions can be made until 4 July. To make it easy for people to make a submission The TreeMore

Rosebank Road trees embraced by childcare centre

The large oak and pohutukawa trees at Jomac Place on Rosebank Road, Avondale are finally safe thanks to the persistency of The Tree Council in pursuing their protection. The development site has been bought by Dr Darius Singh and his wife Nikeeta who are proposing a ‘Chrysalis’ childcare centre to surround the trees. The Tree CouncilMore

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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