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Future giants of Albert-Eden take root

Published: 17 July 2018
Peter Haynes (Chair Albert Eden Local Board) with Margi Watson (Board Member and Parks Work Programme Lead for the Albert-Eden Local Board) and Glenda Fryer (Deputy Chair).

A total of 104 big trees are being planted across parks and reserves in Albert-Eden this winter. They are mostly native species and will grow to become giants.

The Albert-Eden Local Board is committed to protecting local open spaces, biodiversity and making sure that actions today benefit future generations. 

“These trees and the sites were specifically chosen to ensure we have future giants growing in our city in 100 years’ time,” says Margi Watson, Parks Work Programme Lead for the Albert-Eden Local Board.

"They won’t be affected by urban development and will be able to withstand all nature can throw at them. They are planted for our future generations to enjoy."

Trees are undisputedly important to Auckland’s biodiversity. Giants such as the pūriri once covered Auckland and those planted recently at Heron Park in Albert-Eden will provide a habitat for birds and insects and food for tui and kererū.

These trees are in addition to the many other trees, shrubs and plants being planted across the city’s parks over winter by council staff and volunteers.

Future giants have been planted in these locations across Albert-Eden:

  • Kerr Taylor Park - 38
  • Wātea Reserve - 36
  • Windmill Reserve - 8
  • Potters Park - 10
  • Heron Park - 12