The Waitematā Local Board voted 4/3 yesterday against a resource consent application to fell pine trees in the Western Springs Forest. The Society for the Protection of Western Springs Forest have been working hard to have community views heard on what could happen in this Significant Ecological Area and are now hoping to establish a partnership between Council and local volunteers that would enable phased restoration planting over several years leading to replacement specimen trees.
The Society looks forward to managing the forest through its succession from pine to a podocarp forest with enhanced ecological values.
More information and the petition here.
Photo credit: https://westernspringsforest.org/