Please join The Tree Council if you are keen to support conservation of Auckland’s trees. Membership for individuals, incorporated societies and charitable trusts is $20 per year; for students and beneficiaries $15.
Please note – we are volunteers so we prefer email contact unless your issue is urgent. Thanks!
The Tree Council’s aims are to:
- Promote (and advocate for) effective programmes for the protection, management and planting of trees in the urban environment
- Assist people who care about trees to network with councils and community groups and become more effective in tree protection
- Collect, prepare, and disseminate information, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of trees and their care
The Tree Council is a long-standing non-profit organisation established in 1986 to act as a steward for the trees of the Auckland region.
The Tree Council exists to protect, conserve and improve the tree cover in the Auckland region, especially in urban areas.
We believe that skilled and careful management of both native and introduced species is vital in order for mature trees to survive in the ongoing rush for urban space.
The Tree Council aims to help Aucklanders appreciate through lobbying, publications, activities and training courses. We also offer advice and support about specific trees.
The Tree Council assists in education, advocacy and management of Auckland’s trees, and has active representatives throughout the Auckland Council area. We work with Auckland Council to ensure that trees within its jurisdiction have an advocate through our Community Tree Adviser Network.
The Tree Council believes that trees should be treated as important and valuable assets for the wider community. We intervene in the planning process if trees appear to be at risk of unnecessary destruction through development applications.
About our Board Members:
Sean Freeman (Chair) joined The Tree Council Board in March 2013 soon after moving to Auckland from Australia. Sean had been a consulting arborist in Queensland for 7 years and founded the Veteran Tree Group to recognise the significance of ancient trees within the urban footprint. The Veteran Tree Group has a register of 750 trees. His focus was originally in arboriculture but he became more interested in the older larger trees which have been more & more frequently removed in Australia. Sean has expertise in the relationship between trees and wood decay fungi. He was elected to the Chair at the 2013 AGM.
Anna Fomison (Treasurer) joined The Tree Council and was co-opted onto the Board in 2017 and elected at the 2017 AGM. Anna is also President of the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and has been campaigning to save trees in her local area in Henderson for many years.
Dr Mels Barton (Secretary) emigrated to NZ in 1999 and runs her own environmental & communications consultancy Subliminal Ltd. Since 2016 she has been the Coordinator for Kauri Rescue. From 2010-2019, she was the National and Auckland Coordinator for the week-long annual event NZAEE Seaweek. She is also Chair of the Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Association, a member of the management committee for Revive Our Gulf and was a trustee for the Weedfree & Ecomatters Trusts and Secretary of the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society for many years. Mels was co-opted onto the Board of The Tree Council during winter 2011, and elected at the 2011 AGM.
Hueline Massey joined The Tree Council very soon after it was set up in 1986 and since joining the Board in 2001 has held the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and Field Officer. Hueline has completed the Community Tree Care Short Course run by The Tree Council and is a member of the Community Tree Adviser network.
David Smith joined The Tree Council Board in 2015 after getting involved in the successful battle to save the St Luke’s Pohutukawas. Originally from England he arrived in New Zealand after 9 years in Japan and is dedicated to keeping forests in good health and advocating for our urban forest in particular.
Mark Lockhart joined The Tree Council and was co-opted onto the Board in 2018 and elected at the 2019 AGM. Mark is a landscape architect.
Viv Allen joined The Tree Council and was co-opted onto the Board in 2018 and elected at the 2019 AGM.
Penny Cliffin joined The Tree Council in 2001 and has acted as a specialist tree advisor for us for many years and has led many of our annual guided walks. Penny is a landscape designer and lecturer at UNITEC. Penny was co-opted onto the Board in 2019 and elected at the 2020 AGM.
Membership of The Tree Council helps contribute to the work of the community tree advisers, and also entitles you to a number of benefits:
• Guided walks and lectures
• Regular newsletter
• Educational workshops
The Tree Council has produced a number of useful and informative publications for members and the public. By purchasing these, you will be supporting The Tree Council’s work.
The publications available currently include:
Notable Trees of Auckland
Tree enthusiasts will delight in using this 40-page illustrated guide to track down 30 of Auckland City’s most unique, interesting and historic trees.
Maps and the easy-to-find directions will lead you to each of these remarkable trees.
Copies are just $15.00 (including P&P)
2012 Calendar – sold out
The Tree Council produced a 2012 calendar with photographs supplied by members and friends. Unfortunately these are now sold out. Thanks to everyone who bought one.
50 Trees for Auckland – hard copy sold out
This booklet will enable you to select the most suitable trees for your land, garden, farm or property.
Choosing the right species will ensure fast, healthy growth giving you maximum protection, beauty and privacy.
Informative and simple to use. You can download an electronic version here.
To order any of the publications listed on this website, contact: The Secretary, Mels Barton at