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Tree Information x

Identifier: TR/1864
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
One of the many large pūriri in the grounds of Brooklands Park (indeed, likely the largest of 'normal' form), this tree became locally famous as a result of the nearby Bowl of Brooklands venue: To support large performing acts, the access road to the stage needed to be widened. The tree, growing right on the roadside, would have been affected by the ground works, risking its health.

As a result, the former curator of Pukekura Park, the late George Fuller, at the age of 80, staged a vigil under the tree, explaining to those interested in the value of the tree, the surrounding bush and the risks of development. The plans to widen the road changed, and Fuller was recognised as the Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year in 2009.


Taranaki Daily News, August 9, 2009, accessed 2023

Single Tree Details

Genus: Vitex
Species: lucens
Common names: puriri,
Given Name: George Fuller Tree
Height: 17.70m
Height measurement method: Nikon Forestry Pro
Height Comments: Vertical shot to tallest visible top
Girth: 685 cm
Girth measurement height: 0.8 m
Girth Comments: Measurement taken at narrowest point below low branching
Diameter: 218 cm
Crown Spread A: 24.00m
Crown Spread B: 16.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 20.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: 1600
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 424 years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Low branching, with a slight lean over the road
Champion Tree Score: 344
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
06 Feb 2023 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -39.068474401168764 / 174.08551827213483
Location Name: Brooklands Park
Address: Brooklands Road
Suburb: Brooklands
City/Town: New Plymouth
Region: Taranaki
Location Description: Near the top of the Racecourse Access Track up from the Bowl of Brooklands, right by the road.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: New Plymouth District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 27 Dec 2022
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