Includes

  • Growing of plants within the Easement
  • Forestry plantings

Does not involve the following plantings which are 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
  • For developments and landscaping of more than 1 acre a planting design needs to be approved by Firstgas
  • 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.
  • 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 ( for any plants not listed please contact Firstgas for guidance)

Approved planting distances within the easement and either side of the pipeline

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

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