Trees Our Future Heritage"
8 May 2008
Place: The Duxton Hotel, 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Tel: (04) 499 1901
Mob: 021 227 8296
Post: C/- Wellington Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Street, Wellington
From the magnificent
kauri Tane Mahuta to the humble pine and macrocarpa New Zealand's
cultural history is represented by its trees. Today our tree heritage
has never been under a greater threat as urbanisation intensifies,
landholdings change from family ownership to large company holdings,
restructuring programmes see arboreta fall into neglect and early
generations of trees become senescent.
The Royal New Zealand
Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH) established the Notable and Historic
Trees Scheme in 1977 to recognise and protect rare, culturally significant
and scientifically important heritage trees throughout New Zealand.
Initially protection work was based around S. W. Burstall's surveys
from the late 1960s. As the scheme gained acceptance the Standard
Tree Evaluation Method (STEM) became widely adopted as the tool
for assessing the value of a tree or trees in the landscape. Trees
listed as notable trees became listed on district plans and were
afforded varying degrees of protection. Nationally some 3000 trees
are now listed within 400 registrations.
When the RNZIH, in association
with the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZAA), established
the Notable Trees Trust of New Zealand, it became apparent that
there were some key issues surrounding heritage trees that needed
discussion in a national forum. These included:
- How we identify and
classify heritage trees
- How we raise the
levels of understanding of the role heritage trees play in the
physical and cultural landscape
- How we continue to
list and verify heritage trees
- The role of our trees
in a global context
- The gaps - how much
do we really know about our heritage tree population
- Immediate and long
term threats to heritage trees including urban infi ll and tree
- Strengthening protection
for listed trees.
This symposium brought
together those who have a passion for trees and the professional
community, and rekindled the discussion around heritage trees, stimulating
progress towards increased recognition and protection of trees to
promote the breadth and depth of the heritage tree community in
Hobbs, RNZIH President
Opening and introduction.
Nicola Jackson, NZ Historic Places Trust
Understanding trees as part of the heritage fabric of
NZ - now and the future.
Rob Graham, Wintec, Hamilton
Understanding the value of our heritage trees in a global
Martin Thompson, Dunedin City Council Parks & Reserves
Tree protection in Dunedin - an example of successful
integration with the District Plan.
Chris Ecroyd, Scion, National Forestry Herbarium Curator
Heritage trees: the past & present role of Scion.
Bruce Moorman, New Zealand Arboricultural Association
The role of professional organisations in maintaining
our tree heritage.
Dieter Steinegg, Christchurch City Council Arborist
Evaluating the condition of our heritage tree stock.
Are we too late? How much time do we have?
Penny Cliffin, UNITEC, Auckland
Heritage trees at the neighbourhood scale - models of
Bryan Gould, RNZIH Notable Trees Trust.
Update of the RNZIH Notable Trees scheme and the formation
of the trust - "Towards a new database and online resource".
Finding our existing heritage tree stock. What is the state
of our knowledge and our records? Closer linkages between
the RNZIH Notable Trees Trust scheme and regional authorities
lists. Where to from here?
Programme and Abstracts
Symposium was sponsored
- Wellington City
- Auckland Botanic
There were other activities
at the symposium venue:
NZ Gardens Trust Conference
'Blown Away by Gardens'
Date: 9-11 May
Duxton Hotel, Wellington
fifth NZGT conference was an exciting programme of garden visiting
combined with informative lectures by world-renowned designer Vladimir
Sittar from Australia, Beverley McConnell of "Ayrlies Garden", Jack
Hobbs of Auckland Botanic Gardens, and others. These are always
conferences to remember!
Note: Registration for
the NZ Gardens Trust Conference was separate to the Heritage Trees
- Our Future Heritage Symposium. For further details contact Liz
Morrow: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gardens.org.nz
9 May 2008
Place: Duxton Hotel, Wellington
BANKS MEMORIAL LECTURE (a free lecture open to the public)
"The greatest service which can be rendered any country..."
9 May 2008
Place: Duxton Hotel, Wellington
By Ross Ferguson
Joseph Banks is best known in New Zealand as the botanist who accompanied
Cook on his first great voyage in the Endeavour. Banks, however,
was only a young man when he came to New Zealand and his botanical
explorations, although interesting to us, represent a relatively
small part of his scientific career. When Banks returned to Britain,
his wealth, his friendship with George III and his role as President
of the Royal Society of London meant that for nearly 40 years he
was the British Government's chief scientific adviser. Banks was
particularly interested in the practical application of science
and as a large landowner, especially enthusiastic in promoting agricultural
improvement. Some of his efforts to bring new crops to the British
colonies was described. Some of the social and historical consequences
of plant introduction was then considered in more detail. The lecture
was illustrated by copies of many early prints and paintings.
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