Canal Road trees update
The remaining Canal Road trees are still standing – for now. In the month since our August article about the trees, the site status has not changed and there has been no further felling. The day after protestors disrupted work on 10th July a WorkSafe prohibition order was issued, and then the COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions brought a further reprieve.
Unfortunately, there has not been any visible progress with Auckland Council either.
Last month Mayor Phil Goff said “There are groups of trees all like this all over the city that we have no protection for. I deplore the fact that these trees are coming down. They are beautiful trees. I love trees like that.” But being loved by the mayor is not enough to save a tree, apparently.
Protesters are continuing to search for a viable option that could save the trees and not disadvantage the landowners.
Meanwhile, a petition to save the trees on Change.org has logged over 6,300 signatures. Search “Canal Road Trees - SAVE THEM” if you want to add your name.