Auckland Growing Greener (1)

Auckland Growing Greener: In 2016 The Auckland Council set out their plan for a greener environment, an improved waste, and recyclable climate. A pretty full and comprehensive idea of where the goals are, and what the council want to achieve, what we have done is shed some light on the issues that may be of interest to homeowners in and around Auckland City and its suburbs.

Neighbourhood greenways (the new form of parks that we are seeing springing up everywhere), will let you move under your own steam and at your own pace between places such as schools, town centres, open spaces and transport hubs. Greenways are transport links focused on walking and cycling, providing on-street and trail links between these destinations as well as supporting recreational opportunities. Greenways also bring other opportunities and benefits, including connecting communities and exposing people to Auckland’s natural and cultural heritage.

Auckland Growing Greener, provides a structure where things like greenways could enhance biodiversity by acting as wildlife corridors or restoring ecological functions. These can often be referred to as wetlands, or where extreme water runoffs are between suburbs. Greenway plans have been driven from the ground up by community leaders and local boards, including Whau, Puketāpapa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki and Waitematā. Plans are now being implemented by over a dozen local boards. A wider strategic collaboration involving the council, CCOs, local boards, the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority, mana whenua, trusts and corporate partners will ensure the growing network is connected, high quality, and delivers on-the-ground green infrastructure that will be well used and loved by all Aucklanders.

As more suburbs grow in and around Auckland, you will see more of these. This in turn could benefit your own gardens and green areas, improving the land and asset value of your property. The Auckland Growing Greener project offers many dimensions to Auckland’s future sustainability, and over the next few months we will drill down and see what benefits there are for our customers as we continue to develop.

Auckland Growing Greener (2)

Auckland Growing Greener 2: A follow up from our last item. Auckland has an instantly recognisable, diverse natural environment made up of volcanic cones and craters, forests, streams, wetlands, estuaries and harbours, and an intricate coastline including sand dunes and a number of islands scattered around the gulf. These features support a rich variety of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Many of Auckland’s best examples of rare vegetation types are found in the urban environment. Patches of bush, wetlands and parks provide habitats for a surprising range of native species. The native birds, frogs, lizards, insects and marine life that make their homes in the treasured spaces of our regional parks and sometimes in our own back yards, are under threat.

Urban sprawl, loss of trees, rural production, marine pollution and changes to climate all put pressure on our natural ecosystems. Introduced plants and animals also present a major threat to many native species. The vision of the Auckland Plan and the Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy is for thriving biodiversity on public and private land. Natural habitats in urban areas act as stepping stones and corridors where indigenous species can rest, feed, roost and move across the landscape. They can also provide homes for rare and threatened species that prefer different types of habitat.

To prevent further loss and to recreate thriving natural spaces, the council will continue to lead and support Aucklanders in their world leading restoration and biosecurity efforts through a number of specific goals.

Auckland Growing Greener 2: wild and special places, such as Little Barrier – Hauturu Island, Tawharanui Peninsula and the Hunua and Waitākere Ranges parks, is a vital part of this. Work is also underway to further protect freshwater and marine biodiversity.

Key projects include:

• identifying, protecting and restoring high-priority species and ecosystems across the region, designating about 3000 significant ecological areas (SEAs) on land and identifying and proposing SEAs for the marine environment

• establishing Waitawa and Te Arai regional parks

• large-scale animal pest control such as Project Hunua

• preventing the spread of pests through Regional Pest Management Plan programmes such as Keep Kauri Standing – a cross-agency response to manage kauri dieback and Treasure Islands, a joint venture with the Department of Conservation on Hauraki Gulf islands

• threatened species protection e.g. takahē release at Tawharanui Regional Park, and seed orchards and seed banking of threatened plants at Auckland Botanic Gardens

• restoring local ecology.

Evergreen Ash

Evergreen Ash – (Fraxinus griffithii)

Ever wanted a fast growing evergreen to shade yourself from the neighbours. A quick growing tree originating in South East Asia producing dark green glossy leaves and grey bark with showy panicles of white flowers during spring. Evergreen Ash offers a thick growth habit making this tree well suited for planting as a feature tree in a large garden. It is also excellent as a tall informal hedge around fence lines to screen for privacy.This species is perfect for use in smaller gardens and parks or for street and avenue usage.

Height: 6 metres,Width: 4 metres,Growth rate: Fast, Form: Round, upright, Foliage: Tree boasts of lush green leaves, Flower: Small white abundant  flowers, Tolerances: Evergreen Ash Tree has moderate water requirements. Best soil conditions are well drained organically enriched, but it will grow in a wide range of soils.
Landscape Use: Evergreen Ash Tree is a good tree for those with limited space.  It is a good quick growing shade tree, and because it is evergreen it is often used as a screen.  It compliments a “tropical look” garden and is equally well suited as  stand alone lawn specimen in all gardens.

The Jim’s Auckland Team

The Jim’s Auckland Team is our sister website with all the videos and franchisees available for searching and discovering who is near you.This is the short 20 second promo for the Jim’s Auckland Team series. There are a number of videos to check out, and from time to time we do upgrade them.