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Tree Information x

Identifier: TSR/0437
Historical Reg No: 263a
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Flook, R.R.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This Totara is remnant of dense native bush forests, which once covered this immediate area and is the oldest tree in this group. It is known locally as the "Baigent Sleeping Tree". Edward Baigent (frequently referred to as the "Father of Wakefield"), slept under this tree on his first night in Wakefield on 9 February 1843; after taking title to section no. 92 on which the Domain is now sited (Flook 1992).

Edward Baigent arrived in Nelson on 13 May 1842, with his wife Mary Ann and five children, aboard the vessel "Clifford". His first home was in Brook Street Nelson (Elizabeth Baigent, 1992).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Podocarpus
Species: totara
Common names: tōtara,
Given Name: Baigent Sleeping Tree
Height: 21.60m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 373 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 118.7 cm
Crown Spread A: 13.00m
Crown Spread B: 12.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 12.75m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: In good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: A fine straight single-stemmed specimen.
Champion Tree Score: 228
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
27 Jun 2022 Cadwallader, B.G.
01 Jan 1992 Flook, R.R.


Lat/Long: -41.40662752034753 / 173.04045885801295
Location Name: Wakefield Domain
Address: State Highway 6
City/Town: Wakefield
Region: Tasman
Location Description: Immediately beside the highway.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Tasman District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 28 Jan 2010
Brad Cadwallader 28 Jan 2010
Brad Cadwallader 28 Jan 2010
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