Stoke resident Brian Fairbairn wants the Nelson City Council to overhaul its system for listing protected trees.
He also wants other residents having problems because of listed trees to join forces to lobby the council.
Mr Fairbairn sympathises with two Brook St residents who want the landscape tree protection lifted from a big walnut tree that causes problems of shading, blocked guttering and the nuts attracting wild pigs.
He has a large oak tree on his Rosebank Tce property that leans so far it has caused a gap in his boundary fence, the limbs spread over three properties and the roots have broken the neighbouring driveway.
He believes the lean means it is potentially dangerous.
Mr Fairbairn said he only discovered it was a listed tree after buying the property and despite a meeting with council staff mediated by a retired judge, he does not have a solution.
He said he did not have the spare cash to apply for a costly resource consent process to remove the protection. The council requires a $500 deposit for the application.
"I believe there are others in this situation fighting the same battle and as a group we should do something about it. The council needs an overhaul of its tree protection system."
Nelson city has 943 listed trees - 507 on private property, the rest on council land. The council identifies them with plaques but a spokeswoman said they were often vandalised or removed. People could check with the council if a tree was protected and LIM reports recorded listed trees. The spokeswoman said the council rarely received complaints about listed trees but did get requests about leaf drop or the maintenance of trees.
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