Un­der threat

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - ROS NI­CHOL­SON Chair­man, Ta­maki Es­tu­ary Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety

Most peo­ple value the trees in parks, along streets and in their own gar­dens, but trees are con­stantly un­der threat.

Auck­land city can­not af­ford to lose any more ma­ture trees that con­trib­ute to the city’s land­scape, iden­tity, wildlife and well­be­ing.

Com­mu­nity boards are demo­cratic or­gan­i­sa­tions through which the com­mu­nity has the right to speak for the trees. This right will be usurped at the whim of the Auck­land City Coun­cil if it re­moves the com­mu­nity boards’ role in tree plan­ning de­ci­sions.

A city’s tree re­source needs care­ful man­age­ment and tree pro­tec­tion by­laws should be up­held as ur­ban­i­sa­tion in­ten­si­fies.

De­vel­op­ers can de­stroy trees un­nec­es­sar­ily in­stead of con­sid­er­ing putting them in their plans. Plant­ing by way of mit­i­ga­tion could mean the wait of a life­time for them to ma­ture.

Gov­er­nor Hob­son named Auck­land af­ter Lord Auck­land whose es­tate in Eng­land was planted with oaks. Long may Auck­land city re­main “the land of oaks”.

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