Howell Davies

About Howell Davies 
HowellDaviesArea of Expertise: Trees, landscape design and engineered tree planter pit designs (e.g. rain gardens etc.)

Howell Davies is an experienced arborist with 25+ years experience in the industry. He has worked in the practical tree care industry for over 10 years. Howell began his career in the tree industry in late 1990 in the USA working in California and Cape Cod (the island of Martha’s Vineyard) where he worked for a tree contractor part-time whilst working for himself as a landscaper.

Howell settled in New Zealand in 1993 and began work for City Parks Services tree maintenance division, subsequently moving on to Asplundh Tree care company to work on the Auckland City Council tree maintenance contract as senior foreman for three years overseeing 9 staff. Howell also worked in Napier, Hastings and the South Island carry out training for new staff at Asplundh. His industry experiences include large dangerous tree removals (using cranes), working around high voltage power lines carrying out tree trimming and removal, tree maintenance in Council parks, tree transplanting, tree planting and re-vegetation projects.

In October of 2001, Howell started work for Auckland (‘City’ as it was known then) Council’s planning department as a planning arborist, assessing resource consents before becoming a contract manager and then an Arborist Advisor for Council’s Parks department; a total of 15 years working for Auckland Council and the rate payers of Auckland.

Howell has been involved with a number of large urban redevelopment projects; including Queen Street Upgrade, Point England Liveable Streets, Wairepo Swamp Walkway, a member of the Team 2011 for the Rugby World Cup, Aotea Square upgrade, Victoria Park tunnel and Rob Roy Plaza landscape works. Howell was also involved with the Wynyard Quarter master planning process and landscape concept designs through to project implementation.

Howell was instrumental in the transformation of Gateway Plaza, managing the successful relocation of 8 large specimen pohutukawa trees now located in the newly named, Karangahape Plaza. Both of these projects included the use of structural root cells designed to promote tree and plant growth and increase the available below ground space for long term tree development.

Howell worked with Arbor Green Ltd in their design and development of a range of root cells for use under hard pavement surfaces. These products are now used throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

He has worked with a number of engineers, designers and landscape architects on the development and implementation of tree planter pits in Point England, The Wairepo Swamp Walkway, Derby Street, Fort Street, Rutland Street and Aotea Square incorporating LID principles.

Howell continues to work within Council across a range of different projects providing input into landscape design, streetscape planning for tree plantings and engineering designs for below ground tree planter pits which can utilise storm water runoff.

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