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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/0946
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:

A nearby plaque reads;
'Bill Conning's Blacksmith Shop. On this site, in the early 1920's, stood Bill Conning's blacksmith shop. Hand operated bellows fanned the fire that heated steel to cherry-red. A rhythmical hammering beat the red-hot shoes on Conning's anvil and steam hissed as the glowing crescent shaped pieces were quenched in a trough. Horses waited tethered to the chestnut tree, while the smell and smoke from hooves and shoes drifted through Takapuna'
The plaque may refer to a predecessor as a 1963 aerial view of the site shows only a very young tree at the current location of this chestnut tree (Saxon, 2011).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Castanea
Species: sativa
Common names: sweet chestnut, Spanish chestnut
Height: 11.40m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 378 cm
Girth measurement height: 0.8 m
Girth Comments: Taken at narrowest point below 1.4m due to low branching.
Diameter: 120.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 19.00m
Crown Spread B: 17.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 18.25m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1960
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 64 years
Tree Health Description: The tree appears in good health (Nov. 2011)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: A short squat tree
Champion Tree Score: 201
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
17 Nov 2011 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -36.78784996694323 / 174.7729218006134
Location Name: Hurstmere Green
Address: 47-49 Hurstmere Road
Suburb: Takapuna
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: A short distance from the road beside a busy public thoroughfare.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 12 Nov 2011
Brad Cadwallader 12 Nov 2011
Brad Cadwallader 12 Nov 2011
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