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QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

Image: One of the trees, a houpara, in its new location in Teal Park (image: Auckland Transport/ Auckland Council) PRESS RELEASE: THE TREE COUNCIL. For immediate release – 15 January 2018 Last week a group of protesters occupied part of a planted median strip on Quay Street, from where 14 young Pohutukawa are being transplanted to… More

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QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

Image: One of the trees, a houpara, in its new location in Teal Park (image: Auckland Transport/ Auckland Council)

PRESS RELEASE: THE TREE COUNCIL.

For immediate release – 15 January 2018

Last week a group of protesters occupied part of a planted median strip on Quay Street, from where 14 young Pohutukawa are being transplanted to the berm to make room for a cycleway. Auckland Transport has been planning this 1km cycleway extension since 2015 and held a full public consultation in June 2017. It has successfully transplanted similar trees in the past two years to Harbour Bridge Park and Teal Park.

The Tree Council supported this publicly notified consent application by Auckland Transport because we felt the trees had a far better chance of a long and healthy life in the berm than in such a tiny bed in the middle of the road where they have limited soil volume to grow in and will be constantly cut on both sides to accommodate the traffic.

Retaining existing trees within new developments is always preferable where this is practical, however the Tree Council believes that the trees concerned have the best chance of long-term survival if they are moved away from their present location in the middle of the road to locations where there will be fewer constraints on their growth above and below ground.

The Tree Council questions the sense of the timing & believe it is more to do with having less traffic during the holidays than for the health of the trees, but not the intent of the outcome which we think is sensible. We have requested that Auckland Transport delay the rest of the transplanting until the autumn rather than doing it in the middle of a drought, however we acknowledge that transplantation of trees can be successfully completed regardless of the lack of rainfall if the trees are well watered throughout the transplanting process. Their survival will depend on good management. It is a requirement of the consent for this project that any of the trees that die within 36 months of the transplanting must be replaced by 400lt nursery stock.

Having trees next to the cycleway for shade will be better for everyone using it. This should not be made into a battle between cyclists and trees, because both are vitally important for a healthy city. What we need is fewer cars and more cycleways shaded by trees. Hopefully more cycleways and more street trees will be major elements in Auckland Council’s Urban Forest Strategy.

ENDS

YELLOW POHUTUKAWA SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS

YELLOW POHUTUKAWA SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS

    The Tree Council is delighted to announce that the Yellow Pohutukawa at 3 Church Street, Mangere Bridge will remain to flower for many Christmases to come. It was planned to be removed by Auckland Transport to make way for a bus shelter. On the day of the removal a passing naturalist who knew… Continue Reading

Waitākere Rāhui

Waitākere Rāhui

We would like to take this opportunity to explain to you why The Tree Council is supporting the rāhui about to be placed on the Waitakere Ranges by the mana whenua Te Kawerau a Maki to protect kauri against kauri dieback. The purpose of the rāhui is to remove people from the area to prevent… Continue Reading

New Tree App Launched

New Tree App Launched

The Tree Council launched its new mobile phone App at its AGM on 12 October 2017. The Agile Cloud App has been designed by Steven MacLeod and enables the public to record trees and tree loss. To download the App for your smartphone visit the Google Play Store (it is only currently available for Android… Continue Reading

Open Letter re Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road

Open Letter re Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road

To: His Worship the Mayor Phil Goff, CEO Stephen Town cc: Chris Darby, Chair Planning Committee Penny Hulse, Chair Community and Environment Committee Ross Clow, Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland, Chair Whau Local Board Media Sunday 10 September 2017   Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road The Tree Council and local residents… Continue Reading

CLOSE THE RANGES TO SAVE WAITAKERE KAURI

CLOSE THE RANGES TO SAVE WAITAKERE KAURI

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird stand with Te Kawerau a Maki in calling for a rāhui and closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in response to the monitoring figures from Auckland Council’s latest survey of kauri dieback infection.   The results from the Waitakere Ranges have confirmed their… Continue Reading

Hurstmere Rd Pohutukawa Saved

The Tree Council has been notified that consent has been refused to remove a scheduled pohutukawa tree at 270 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. We made submissions and attended the hearing on 8 June 2017. The tree is one of a group of four scheduled pohutukawa at the property. The commissioners agreed that the tree and its… Continue Reading

Plant movement must stop

Plant movement must stop

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. “In order to contain the disease it is vital for the current outbreaks in Kerikeri, Taranaki, Te… Continue Reading

Warkworth Macrocarpa Saved

The Tree Council has received the decision refusing the application by Warkworth Investments Ltd to remove a scheduled macrocarpa tree from 41 Queen St and 14-16 Neville St, Warkworth. We made submissions opposing the removal and attended the hearing in November 2016. This tree is a member of a group of scheduled trees that form a… Continue Reading


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