|To cut or not to cut, that is the question!|
Our immigration heritage is less than 200 years old. When the first settlers arrived in NZ, native bush covered 80% of the land.
The remaining 20% of the land without native bush were the high parts of the mountains where no vegetation was established.
Expansion of farmland, cities and towns; dam and roads, are the main contributors of our decreased native bush percentage of 20% down from 80%. It may be too late, but our Department of Conservation is working hard to maintain, revive and expand our native bush heritage helped by severe penalties if you damage bush life.
If you have a protected tree you definitely need to apply for consent to cut, or to prune, or to remove. Applying for consent does not guarantee that you will get permission.
If you do not get consent from the council and you cut down a tree, you will have to pay a hefty cost. For example a property developer chain-sawed the protected tree "Pohutukawa" without a permit. He was convicted and pleaded guilty.
Forest relaxation, if you like, please contact us and we will find a place for you at firstname.lastname@example.org