East and Bays Courier : June 27th 2012
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It was beautiful. -- Lesley Campbell neighbour '' '' FOR years it was the majes- tic figure in the background of many a family occasion, providing shade, shelter and good times on the rope swing. But now the enormous old oak tree that stood at the bot- tom of a garden on Bassett Rd has gone and neighbours are gobsmacked that cutting it down was perfectly legal. I assume it was around 200 years old. It was mass- ive, neighbour Lesley Camp- bell says. It had pheasants in it and possums. It was beautiful. The land borders Newmarket Park and the tree could be seen from the park and across the valley in Parnell. The Government s removal of general tree protection rules became effective on January 1. In order to protect a tree, it now has to be listed as notable by Auckland Council. Last year Aucklanders were invited to nominate trees that should be protected. Arborists were sent to assess them and the council has now advised owners of 1800 notable trees that they are proposing to add their trees to the list of 3690 trees already protected in district plans. The summary of decisions was released back to submitters as well as made public in May, Celia Davi- son of Auckland Council says. The period for further submissions closed on May 14, this period provides an opportunity for people to sup- port or oppose another person s submission. Hearing dates have been set with the first of the six plan changes to be heard on July 31 and last on August 14. It seems the residents of Bassett Rd have well and truly missed the boat. No-one added the oak tree to the list and they have missed their chance to nomi- nate any other trees. No-one I ve spoken to realised the protection order had changed, Mrs Campbell says. Another neighbour, Joy Marslin, says the loss of the tree has been an incredible shock. We didn t think it could happen. We were so taken unawares. It seems so indiscriminate. There we were 12 months ago seeking permission just to prune our trees and now suddenly you can cut this magnificent tree down, she says. The oak stood on a property that was owned by a Hungarian gentleman. He said he d never sell the section to anyone who would cut down the oak tree, Mrs Campbell says. He died in 2009 and his two properties with their large adjoining garden were sold. The East & Bays Courier contacted the new owner who confirmed that felling the tree was legal. I have no comment other than that I followed all the proper steps and procedures, abided by all relevant laws and regulations, and that I hired duly qualified, council approved arborists to carry out the tree felling. Steph Askeur is a tenant in one of the properties. She was very sad to see the oak go but says her landlords can t be blamed as they have played by the rules. I think we made a big mis- take by not getting it listed. We all assumed the tree would be protected and that any development would be environmentally friendly, in terms of the birds living there. Ms Askeur says she wishes she had known that she needed to speak up for the old oak tree. I think the council did a pretty poor job of getting the word out. I had no idea. Auckland Council spokes- woman Sharne Parsons pro- vided the East & Bays Cour- ier with a thorough list of the methods the council used to get the word out about the change in legis- lation. Stories appeared in this publication and others, as well as the usual public notices about the change. When Portland Rd residents heard that rules around tree protection were going to change, they asked an arborist for help and nomi- nated 40 trees in their street (East & Bays Courier, April 8, 2011). They included oak, rimu, totara and pohutakawa trees up to 35 metres in height and 120 years old. One resident was told that an oak tree on his property was probably planted in the late 19th century. Aucklanders are advised to always check before they chop. Regulations differ from one area to another. Phone Auckland Council on 3010˜ 101 and check the situation in your area. IN BRIEF Bookworms Are you a bookworm? Our colleagues at the Central Leader have produced some excellent book review pages which we thought you might like to see. Just go to eastandbays courier.co.nz and click on Latest Edition. You'll find the book pages at the back of today's e-edition. Not an e-edition subscriber? It's quick and easy to join and it's free! Just enter your email address to begin your free subscription. The service also allows you to search our back issues from the last couple of years.
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