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Tree Information x

Identifier: NNR/0777
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
Melrose House, in Brougham Street, is one of the last surviving "grand" homes of Nelson. Melrose House was designed by Mr J Scotland and built about 1876 for Mr Charles Fowell Willett Watts (1823-1881), who arrived at Nelson in the ship "Will Watch" in 1841. The once ornate interior however was stripped in 1973 when the Women's Division of Federated farmers, to whom it had been bequeathed, stopped using it as a holiday rest home.

Melrose is owned by Nelson City Council who maintain the exterior of the house and the beautiful grounds which have an historic places rating. The interior is managed by the Melrose Society. Since 1974 the Society has worked to preserve and refurbish the interior, so it can be used by groups and organisations in the community, as well as hired out for private social functions (ref. Nelson City Council website).

In 1881 their daughter Frances and her husband Percy Adams took over Melrose. This tree is thought to have been planted in the 1890’s during their time. Percy loved trees and the outdoors (ref:The Prow)

Single Tree Details

Genus: Sequoia
Species: sempervirens
Common names: redwood, coast redwood, California redwood
Height: 52.20m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 895 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Taken from the upslope side.
Diameter: 284.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 18.00m
Crown Spread B: 19.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 18.50m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1890
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 134 years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: The tree produces a secondary stem at 7m above ground.
Champion Tree Score: 539
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
29 Sep 2020 Cadwallader, B.G.
08 Dec 2010 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -41.28197083888422 / 173.28467667102814
Location Name: Melrose House
Address: 26 Brougham St.
City/Town: Nelson
Region: Nelson
Location Description: Located just in front of the old house
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Nelson City Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 22 Dec 2010
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