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Tree Information x

Identifier: NNR/1977
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Nelson City Council
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This London plane is dedicated to Sapper, Leslie G. Ching, who, having survived the war, was discharged to the UK on 1 January 1919. While on leave there he caught Spanish influenza and died of pneumonia at Craigleith Military Hospital, Edinburgh on 22 Jan 1919. The 33 year old is buried at Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The tree was planted along with others in conjunction with the unveiling of the Stoke First World War Memorial Gates in 1924 commemorating the lives of 7 Stoke men "who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War". See additional notes on tree record NNR/1971 (Cadwallader, B, 2024).

1] Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph - Leslie G. Ching.
2] The Prow, Leslie George Ching, accessed 2.6.2014

Keywords: ANZAC, First World War, Ypres, Passendale

Single Tree Details

Genus: Platanus
Species: x hispanica 'Acerifolia'
Common names: London plane,
Height: 22.20m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 312 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 99.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 20.00m
Crown Spread B: 22.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 21.00m
Actual Planting Date: Jun 1924
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 100 years
Tree Health Description: In good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 213
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 213


Date Observer Action
02 Jun 2024 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -41.313484924718026 / 173.23262898961025
Location Name: Marsden Recreation Ground
Address: Main Road Stoke
Suburb: Stoke
City/Town: Nelson
Region: Nelson
Location Description: On the northern boundary adjacent to The Turf Hotel
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Nelson City Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 10 Aug 2020
Leslie George Ching portrait image, Nelson Provincal Museum (c1915) 01 Jul 1915
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