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”.