One mil­lion more trees?

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

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.

MARY FITZGER­ALD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Po­hutukawa trees on Auck­land’s Tamaki Drive are an iconic sight. Auck­land mayor Phil Goff has promised one mil­lion more trees.

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