Wellyscapes: The witness tree
John Plimmer was one of Wellington’s founding fathers. In the mid-1800s his property was on a hillside with access down to what was then coastline, and what is now the shopping ‘golden mile’ of Lambton Quay. That path became immortalised into the Plimmer Steps. Mid-way up these steps, dwarfed by the concrete jungle it has silently witnessed rising up, is Plimmer’s Oak, still standing where John Plimmer planted the acorn in his garden.