Planting approval required for:

  • Growing of plants within the Easement
  • Trees within 10m of the pipeline
  • Orchards, Plantations and Forestry plantings

The following planting is permitted:

  • Pasture
  • Lawns
  • Flower beds
  • Market gardening (annual crops with cultivating less than 400mm deep)
  • Annual crops (e.g. Lucerne, wheat, barley, oats, maize and feed crops)

Please be aware of specific requirements

  • Firstgas requires vehicle access along the easement
  • Any planting approval is subject to Firstgas retaining the rights to remove, at any time in the future, all vegetation which in the opinion of Firstgas, might become a danger to a pipeline.  Firstgas will not replant or recompense for removal.
  • Tree planting directly alongside the pipeline easement must be approved by Firstgas
  • Support structures for grapes, kiwi fruit etc should be at least 5 meters from the pipeline
  • First gas will not agree to vegetation covenants over the easement.

Planting Guide

Approved planting distances within the easement and either side of the pipeline. For any plants not listed please contact Firstgas for guidance

10m  Poplars, willows, pines, eucalyptus, kauri, oak, cedar, pohutakawa, rimu, sycamore, poplar, totara, macrocarpa, walnut, chestnut, birch

6m Most deciduous trees, conifers, tall rhododendrons, tall maples, cabbage tree, tall magnolias, ash, cherry trees, banksia, macadamia, tall fruit trees, elm

3m Shallow rooted shrubs and small trees-camellias, small maples, pittosporums, box,  kowhai, griselinia (puka), manuka, small magnolia, citrus,  tree ferns, bottle brush, pseudopanax, kawakawa, mahoe, shrub natives

2m Berry crops, kiwi fruit, flax, passionfruit, small comprosma, small hebes, ground ferns, ornamental grasses, roses

Pasture, low grasses, groundcovers, oats, wheat, lucerne, maize and feed crops, shallow rooted plants