The planting of around twelve pohutakawa trees on the grassy area in the Blockhouse Bay Beach reserve was watched with concern by a member of the public recently. It is a valuable open space used for functions such as Christmas in the Park and Music in Parks. Large trees would make it a cold, shady area in winter.
The matter was raised with Whau Local Board Chair Tracy Mulholland, who was unaware of this mistake, and after a few hours the trees were relocated.
Chair Mulholland contacted Council about the matter, who responded: “Auckland Council has recently planted several pohutukawa trees in Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve to mitigate losses suffered by our urban forest during April’s storm, where replanting in the same location was not possible. Unfortunately, direction provided to our contractor was unclear resulting in trees being planted in inappropriate positions that would have affected future use of the area. The mistake was remedied by relocating the trees to a more suitable location.”
“I am pleased to see more tree planting in the community and the correction by the contractor”, commented Chair Mulholland.