One million more trees?
Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s election promise to plant one million trees in the city over three years faces a number of hurdles, an expert says.
Cath Wallace, from Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand, said Goff’s plan to plant trees and shrubs is a good one.
The scheme is part of a worldwide trend to have city councils plant more trees, but there could be issues.
The council will need to design a workable planting scheme, take into consideration biosecurity protocols, the possibility of view disputes, and the limited timeframe of planting within winter months.
‘‘One million trees does seem like a lot but I expect it can be done,’’ Wallace said.
Goff released his planting policy in August 2016 but since being elected no further developments have been released.
Nirupa George, Goff’s press secretary, said Goff has met with people he wants involved in the programme and has instructed council to pull together a plan on what needs to be done.
There will probably be view disputes, Wallace said, but views can be enhanced by good planting, such as by shielding the eye from ugly structures and otherwise forlorn cityscapes.
Careful biosecurity protocols will also need to be followed around kauri die-back.
Pohutukawa trees on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive are an iconic sight. Auckland mayor Phil Goff has promised one million more trees.