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Tree Week is Coming!

Tree Week is Coming!

As a way of achieving a better understanding of the role and value of trees in the urban environment The Tree Council is proud to announce New Zealand Tree Week will be held from 7-14 October 2018.

“Following the changes to the Resource Management Act over the past five years and the impact of intensification in the Auckland Council Unitary Plan on the future tree protection of urban trees there is a lot of concern about the future of urban trees” says The Tree Council’s Chair Sean Freeman.

“We want to help people recognise the special role that trees play in our urban environment and the services they provide to our city with some fun and informative events”.

The Tree Week activities include:

Tree Week lecture ‘Auckland’s Natural Heritage: What benefits do we get from urban trees?’

Thursday 11 October at 7pm, following The Tree Council’s AGM.  Professor Margaret Stanley, Associate Professor of Ecology at the University of Auckland will will discuss the benefits of trees in our city, and how we can ensure their survival in the Lynfield Room at the Fickling Centre, corner of Mt Eden and Mt Albert Roads, Mt Roskill. This is a free lecture and open to the public, refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend both the AGM and the lecture.

Tree Week guided walking tour of Government House. Saturday 13 October at 10.30am

Learn about the unique history and values of some of Auckland’s finest trees in the historic setting of Government House on The Tree Council’s guided walking tour. This tour has proved extremely popular and sold out within days of being advertised.

Tree Week protest – Forest & Bird North Shore Branch. Sunday 14 October at 3pm

Join Forest & Bird on a peaceful protest to help save our urban trees. Beautiful native trees such as the pohutukawa on Tiri Road have been cut down because they are no longer protected by law. More and more of our urban native trees are under threat from developers or new landowners – yet they are a huge part of what makes our suburbs so liveable. Join us for an hour long peaceful protest at the corner of Tiri Rd and Kitchener St in Takapuna. Bring your own placard.

For more information please email Richard Hursthouse on

You can join The Tree Council online to support our work and for full details of all events visit The Tree Council’s website at

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