Saturday, April 13, 2024

Henderson-Massey has sights set on treetops

Henderson-Massey is halfway to achieving its tree canopy cover target, but a concerted effort is required to continue the upward momentum, according to a new report.

Canopy cover in the area sits at 15% – half of the 30% target set by the regional Te Rautaki Ngahere ā-Tāone o Tāmaki Makaurau (strategy).

An action plan is being developed to direct tree planting and increase canopy cover.

It’s the first of a three-stage approach to canopy cover in the area, assessing the current state of cover and provide recommendations for future actions.

The second stage will begin actions to increase cover and the third will look at ways to protect trees, including on private land.

Henderson-Massey Local Board chair, Vanessa Neeson says that the board is committed to increasing tree canopy cover.

“There are so many benefits to having higher levels of canopy cover,” she says.

“From benefits to the climate, such as helping to reduce greenhouse gases, through to helping counter increased temperatures, reducing stormwater runoff and creating more habitat for native species, increased canopy cover plays a big role in caring for the environment.”

“It’s especially important in summer months in our parks and playgrounds, and trees are fabulous for the climate as well.”

The report shows that while there has been an increase in cover since 2018, the majority of that has been in public parks and road reserves.

“There are numerous other areas that we can work toward increasing cover in, such as road corridors, industrial and commercial areas,” said Ms Neeson.

“Increasing the canopy cover won’t be straightforward or without cost, but we know that there is great value in doing so.

“Doing all we can to improve the cover in the Henderson-Massey area is both strategically and environmentally important, and we look forward to the next stage of this process and the actions we can put in place to continue to increase the cover in our area,” she said.

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