The NZ Notable Trees Trust (NZNTT)

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Pioneering work on documenting heritage trees in New Zealand was published by Dr. H. H. Allan in 1940, and later, by Stanley (Bob) Burstall NZFS, who for more than 30 years surveyed the country to locate and catalogue our historic and notable trees. This culminated in the preparation of 8 regional historic and notable tree reports in the 1970's as a prelude to the 1984 publication of 'Great Trees of New Zealand'.

In 1977/1978 the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH) established a national register of notable trees for the purpose of cataloguing and registering New Zealand’s tree heritage. For more than 25 years, the late Ron Flook of Nelson played a significant role in managing this scheme.

In 1994 'An introduction to the Notable Trees of New Zealand' was published and in 2004, in conjunction with website developer Kieren Simon, the first Notable Trees New Zealand database was launched online to allow public access and wider recognition of New Zealand’s heritage trees. Unfortunately, Ron passed away in 2006 and the associated database became unavailable soon afterwards.

In 2007/2008, the RNZIH in association with the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZArb) established a new charitable trust called the New Zealand Notable Trees Trust (NZNTT). This Trust was established to continue this important work and on 19th November 2009 the NZ Tree Register went live.

Board Members

Brad Cadwallader - Nelson
Penny Cliffin - Auckland
James Jones - Wellington
Bruce MacDonald - New Plymouth

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