Help cre­ate a green fire­break

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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.

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