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Adopt a Tree

18 Nov 2017

  • Plant your very own seedling and watch it grow
  • Tie a yellow ribbon around your own tree

Saturday 18 November 2017, 10.00am - Saturday 18 November 2017, 4.00pm


Western Park, cnr Ponsonby Road & Hepburn Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

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Aprilanne Bonar

021 714 021


Tie a yellow ribbon around your adopted tree on 18 November.

Shocking results from an audit revealing dying mature trees in Grey Lynn and Ponsonby coupled with the ongoing obliteration of the urban canopy prompted the Urban Tree Alliance NZ to bring ‘Adopt-a-Tree’ to life.

The inaugural Adopt-a-Tree community event kicking off the public awareness campaign will take place at Western Park at 10am on 18 November.

Centrally located Western Park was specifically chosen due to its cluster of old significant trees and the proximity to several enviro-schools in the area. Organisers are encouraging residents to pack a picnic and walk down if they live locally.

The campaign invites Auckland residents to adopt their favourite tree locally, get to know it, give it a drink particularly in the hot summer months and remind construction workers to be careful around trees.

Free yellow ribbons will be handed out on the day for members of the public to tie around their chosen tree. The Adopt-a-tree event will play host to live music, yoga, tai chi and “forest bathing” otherwise known as “shinrin yoku”.

One of the country’s five qualified forest bathing guides will be hosting simple sensory activities to connect event goers with nature that is very supportive and engaging.


  • 10am - Karakia by mana whenua, Ngāti Whatua
  • 10.30am-12pm - Adopt your own tree - Free ribbons and certificates, experience forest bathing, yoga and meditation demonstrations in the park
  • 12pm-4pm - Enjoy free music, face painting, lollipops and BYO picnic.