Plant replacement scheme update: 42/100
We are now 2 months into our ‘100 trees’ initiative. For every tree removal we have been offering a free native tree to be planted anywhere on the property and we will care for this for the next three years free of charge. Our goal is to plant these trees in residential properties throughout Auckland City to help replenish our urban forest.
Planting trees back into gardens that we have removed trees from has been harder than imagined. Problems we have faced include limited space due to construction and push back from home owners who don’t want another “nuisance tree”. It is important that trees are not just planted in large open spaces such as reserves and schools but all throughout the city. A single well-selected species in a built up area can have just as great a impact as multiple smaller species planted in a more remote setting.
It’s all about the right tree in the right place. Larger growing species such as pururi and pohutukawa may not be suitable for every garden, but these trees can be managed and remember your first three years of pruning is on us.
We don’t have to plant giants either. A small tree such as a kowhai could be planted in most gardens in Auckland. This could offer shade in summer over a seating area for example and will attract birdlife such as tuis all-year round.
For more information on why we need trees in our city, check out Auckland Council’s recently created Urban Forest Strategy.
Tree King are working hard to align ourselves with the nine principles of Auckland’s Urban Forest Strategy.
- Right tree in the right place.
- Preference for native species.
- Ensure urban forest diversity.
- Protect mature, healthy trees.
- Create ecological corridors and connections.
- Access for all residents.
- Manage urban forest on public and private land.
- Deploy regulatory and non-regulatory tools.
- Manage the whole lifecycle of urban trees.
With only one month of planting remaining we have 20 free native trees to offer to our previous clients. So if you would like a tree please get in touch by the 20th October and we will do our best to get this planted before the end of the month.