Tree drives neighbours nuts
Brook St resident Lesley Haddon lives under the shade of a towering walnut tree which both she and her neighbour want cut down but the Nelson City Council won't let them.
The tree, a common walnut, is protected as a landscape tree but Ms Haddon believes it does not rate special significance and instead causes problems.
The tree is much taller than her two-storey house, its nuts attract wild pigs, the leaves clog her guttering and stunt the growth of other plants.
She says if she trims or cuts down the tree she risks action against her under the Resource Management Act, with a fine of up to $200,000.
The tree is on the property of her neighbour Susan Wood-Devlin who said she would have no problem with it being taken down. She said she had no idea it was listed as a landscape tree when she moved in eight years ago and doesn't understand why it is listed as such.
The council listed it in 1999 after the then-owner applied, when the tree was estimated to be 80 years old, 14 metres high with a canopy spread of 19.6m. It is down the end of a long driveway and is not noticeable to the public from the street.