Help create a green firebreak
If your property borders Council reserve land which could pose a re risk to your home, you may be interested in partnering with the Council to reduce this risk, while also beautifying your local environment. Many private properties adjoin reserves, especially in new subdivisions like Aotea and Silverwood. Research shows that a “green rebreak” of low ammability native plants is effective at slowing the spread of res, while also enhancing the environment and security of private property. The Council is offering a minimum two year partnership with residents who live next to city reserves to help establish and maintain green rebreaks on reserves bordering their property. The Council will provide and deliver free native plants for you to plant in the rebreak area. Council staff will prepare the site for planting by cutting back and removing any ammable vegetation. They will also provide you with Vigilant herbicide gel to help control any new growth that may sprout from where the ammable vegetation was removed. Then in the summer following the planting, you will be invited to receive a framed certi cate from the Mayor recognising your contribution to the City. If you are interested in the initiative, which has been fully endorsed by the NZ Fire Service, you can call us on 237 5089.
Coprosma (above) and Five Finger are among those offered for planting in the green firebreak.