It’s graced the neighbourhood longer than any of the residents, but on Wednesday, May 16, the mighty oak’s reign at 113 Queen St came to an end.
Looming large on Leslie Quinn’s property it is believed the Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) tree was originally planted by a Miss Shakes; a renowned and knowledgeable tree lover.
Down a lengthy driveway set on five acres of land, Miss Shakes resided in the property’s original home that remains today.
As the years went by and the tree grew, so too did development, and when Miss Shakes passed away in the 80’s her land was subdivided.
The Quinns moved into a house at 113 in the early 90’s, located on what was previously Miss Shake’s grand garden.
“The tree was lovely but it was a tree that simply outgrew its spot,” says Leslie Quinn.
Two months ago the Tasman District Council discovered a crack in the protected oak, presumably caused by the summer’s cyclones, and it was deemed unsafe.
While there was an option to brace the tree, that would require regular inspections, on-going costs and no guarantee to make it any safer, Leslie made the decision that its removal would be wiser.
“After years of trimming to keep it away from the house, it was very lopsided and starting to look like a real danger to the public,” says Leslie.
“It’s been a thorn in my side for a long time, keeping shade on the house and preventing any sun. Plus the neighbours would get fed up with the leaves.”
On Monday, May 14, a team of aborists from Treescape began to fell the oak that had grown to approximately 25 metres with its top foliage spreading across the road. The final piece of trunk was removed on Wednesday, May 16.
The tree’s removal cost of around $10,000 was split evenly between Leslie and the TDC.
“The council’s been fantastic about the whole thing and the Treescape guys have been really wonderful, it’s made it easy,” says Leslie.

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