Save the trees

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Let’s not al­low our harumph­ing at the city coun­cil’s ham­fisted reg­u­la­tions make us for­get the real is­sue: trees in our sub­urbs are valu­able, and we’re los­ing them.

De­spite our ir­ri­ta­tion at the coun­cil’s move, we should want to pro­tect the trees around us. Three rea­sons why: 1. The ‘‘leafier’’ a sub­urb, the higher its over­all prop­erty val­ues, a fact well-proven in real es­tate re­search.

2. Ur­ban trees make streets more pleas­ant to be in, im­prov­ing com­mu­nity life.

3. Trees draw na­tive birds from bush blocks into our gar­dens. In some Porirua sub­urbs, our kids can en­joy na­tive birds at home, but in oth­ers you now have to go to a park or wildlife pre­serve.

And yet, ev­ery week­end, we’re out there with the prun­ing saw and the chain­saw.

The coun­cil de­serves the past­ing it’s get­ting for its crude ap­proach to halt­ing the loss. But we, the res­i­dents, shouldn’t let them blind us to the im­por­tance of trees in our sub­urbs.

So let’s do it our­selves, and do it bet­ter.

Let’s come to­gether as res­i­dents around some­thing pos­i­tive to green the places we live. We owe it to our­selves.

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