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Historic stands of trees are worth protecting in Morrinsville

Life of the Trees

QEII covenants are generally in perpetuity.

However, a variable term covenant called Life of the Trees can be put in place where individual trees occur in a situation where they may not be self-generating.

Oak trees were favourite trees of early English settlers as with their beauty and autumn colour they were a nostalgic reminder of home.

London planes are popular as street trees in many parts of the world as they tolerate a cold or mild climate.

Exotic tree stands are characteristic of Waikato towns and landscapes and have intrinsic values worth protecting.

Oak and plane trees in Morrinsville

Historic stand of trees in Morrinsville

In March 2008, an historic stand of 35 trees on the outskirts of Morrinsville was protected with a Life of the Trees covenant by Lockerbie Farm Limited.

Thomas and Samuel Morrin acquired 30,000 acres of land from Maori in 1874 and subsequently named this property ‘Lockerbie’.

A housing settlement for the station employees was established and called Morrinsville after the partners.

The trees were planted approximately 100 years ago.

Oak and plane trees at Lockerbie

Above: A Life of the Trees covenant protects this avenue of thirty London planes and five oaks on the edge of Morrinsville.

Photos: Stephen Hall

Open Space™ Magazine No. 73, July 2008 © QEII National Trust

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