December 2012 Update - 20th Dec 2012

162 year old tulip tree (NNR/087) at Isel Park, Nelson prior to being significantly damaged in a recent storm. Season’s Greetings tree aficionado's

Christmas is fast approaching and before you know it will be the close on another year. That’s of course if the world doesn’t end this Friday. We at the Trust are quietly confident that the Mayan’s have got it wrong and that life will go on as we know it.

New Zealand Tree Register
Here are several highlights and one sad loss to bring to your attention from activity on the NZTR over the past few months.

• Norfolk Island pine (353 Points), Mission Bay, Auckland. AR/1038
• Tulip tree (280 points), Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North. MWR/1053
• Weeping ash (131 points), Knox Church, Dunedin. OR/1021
• Totara (394 points), Manawatu Scenic Reserve. MWR/1023
• Atlantic cedar, one of Burstall’s picks at Westoe near Marton. MWR/1041
• Tulip Tree (162 years), Isel Park, Nelson. Significantly damaged in a storm recently. NNR/087

Bunya Bunya Tree Hunt
Do you know of a Bunya Bunya that is not listed on the NZTR? If so we’d be keen to see it along side the 24 nationwide tree records that we currently have. The trust and everyone else with an interest will thank you for your effort.

Post Conference
For those that could not make the joint NZ Arb and NZNTT conference in Wellington last October make sure you plan early for Queenstown next year – you missed a great event. We’ve had some positive feedback on Bryan Gould’s presentation (Building Public interest in Significant Community Trees) which focused on how the NZTR can be used to educate the public and raise the profile of important trees. Brad Cadwallader’s presentation (What Makes a Champion Tree – Then and Now) also stimulated a great deal of interest. He gave an overview on how we determine champion trees now and what’s changed over the years. It is clear that we need to put our historic tree records aside and start taking a fresh look around the country before any further claims can be made.

The Trustees are pleased to welcome Auckland Council as a new Annual Supporter of the Trust. View the complete NZNTT Sponsors List here. Is your organisation on the list?!

New Trees and New Years Resolutions
Remember, you can add a tree at anytime and for any reason to the New Zealand Tree Register. Just log in and get cracking!

The Notable Trees Team wish you a happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to an awesome 2013.

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