Plant replacement scheme update: 42/100

Plant replacement scheme update: 42/100

We are now 2 months into our ‘100 trees’ initiative.  For every tree removal we have been offering a free native tree to be planted anywhere on the property and we will care for this for the next three years free of charge.  Our goal is to plant these trees in residential properties throughout Auckland City to help replenish our urban forest.

Planting trees back into gardens that we have removed trees from has been harder than imagined.  Problems we have faced include limited space due to construction and push back from home owners who don’t want another “nuisance tree”. It is important that trees are not just planted in large open spaces such as reserves and schools but all throughout the city.  A single well-selected species in a built up area can have just as great a impact as multiple smaller species planted in a more remote setting. 

It’s all about the right tree in the right place. Larger growing species such as pururi and pohutukawa may not be suitable for every garden, but these trees can be managed and remember your first three years of pruning is on us.

We don’t have to plant giants either.  A small tree such as a kowhai could be planted in most gardens in Auckland.  This could offer shade in summer over a seating area for example and will attract birdlife such as tuis all-year round.

For more information on why we need trees in our city, check out Auckland Council’s recently created Urban Forest Strategy.

Tree King are working hard to align ourselves with the nine principles of Auckland’s Urban Forest Strategy.

  • Right tree in the right place.
  • Preference for native species.
  • Ensure urban forest diversity.
  • Protect mature, healthy trees.
  • Create ecological corridors and connections.
  • Access for all residents.
  • Manage urban forest on public and private land.
  • Deploy regulatory and non-regulatory tools.
  • Manage the whole lifecycle of urban trees.

With only one month of planting remaining we have 20 free native trees to offer to our previous clients.  So if you would like a tree please get in touch by the 20th October and we will do our best to get this planted before the end of the month.


“Great job by the Tree King lads removing our enormous Washingtonian palm and tidying up the trees on our section. Arrived exactly on time, job was completed quickly and to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend them and will be using their services again in the future :)”

September 2018

“Fantastic job on two large difficult trees to thin and shape. The 2 workers were very tidy, safe and pleasant. I will certainly use Tree King in the future.”

May 2019

“Fast workers – scheduled within a week of contact at my convenience. I liked how professional and automated the acceptance of the contract and invoicing was. All within a single email. Also attention paid to how much I wanted my trees trimmed. And although three trees were stumped – cleaned up well after themselves. They did such a good job, I won’t be needing them for a couple of years. But when I do – I know who to come back to!”

June 2019

“…. I can not speak highly enough of the professionalism and efficiency of the crew. The tree work was not straight forward, however it was clear from the outset that the crew had taken the time to think through the logistics and details of the job…..”

November 2018

“Great job as usual, polite guys, cleaned up well and left the place looking great.”

October 2018

“….This is the second time we have used them for tree cutting, crown lifting, shaping and hedge cutting on a large scale. They are very professional, courteous, on time, tidy and produce the service and results they said they would….”

November 2018

“Excellent service polite staff. Arrived on time good cleanup on completion”

June 2019

Facebook 5-star review

“Luke & team have been regularly maintaining our hedges for a couple of years. Great results, reliable & all round nice guys.”

April 2018

“We have been working with Tree King for the last five years.  During this time we have found them efficient, co-operative and very safety conscience during any tree removal.  They are polite and professional to deal with.  We thoroughly recommend Tree King and its staff for a great job well done.”

Sampson & Stewart Builders Ltd

“Very happy, responded to query fast with quote, job was done very well and garden immaculately tidy afterwards. Definitely recommend.”

October 2018