Trees are all around us. Yet most of us will be hard pushed to identify a tree just based on its leaf. So, in celebration of this year’s Arbor Day (5 June 2018), we’re putting your knowledge to the test.
Take this quiz to find out how many native trees you can identify from just a single leaf.
About Arbor Day
Arbor Day is an annual celebration encouraging people to plant and care for trees because, let’s be real, trees are awesome. They are the lungs of our city – improving the quality of our air, providing oxygen, helping to prevent flooding and soil erosion, providing food and supporting wildlife.
“Arbor Day reminds us of the important role nature plays in our quality of life,” says Auckland Council Head of Parks Services Mark Bowater.
“Our natural environment is central to the health and wellbeing of our people, our cultural and spiritual identity and our economic success.
“People can contribute to a greener Auckland by getting involved in planting days, beach cleanups and by appreciating the range of experiences on offer in our parks,” he says.
How can you get involved?
Put on your gummies, grab a shovel and get involved in these upcoming planting days.
Keep our kauri standing
Kauri dieback in Auckland is a serious problem and it’s important we all play our part to prevent the spread of the disease.
If you enter or leave a forest/area with native trees anywhere in the region, here are three easy steps you need to remember:
- Scrub – clean all soil off your footwear and other gear
- Spray – your footwear and gear at every cleaning station you encounter. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil
- Stay – on the designated open tracks.