Auckland Mayor Phil Goff pledged during his 2016 candidacy that he would plant 1 million trees if he got into office. Mid June 2019 it was announced that not only was this promise fulfilled, it was going to be “ex-seeded” by 100,000 trees!
The Auckland Council planted mainly natives to achieve this goal and it’s success was a result of people working collaboratively. Phil said he was blown away by the commitment of communities and organisations. Just showing how powerful and effective it is when we all band together!
In June of 2017 the first tree went into the ground for this ‘1 Million Tree Campaign’. This occurred by the Oakley Creek catchment with the help of school children from Wesley Intermediate. The next generation are the whole reason behind the program, therefore these childrens’ involvement in the first planting was only fitting.
Nearly 2 years on, the millionth tree was planted at a public event at Totara Park in Manakau. More than 250 volunteers, mana whenua representatives and partners including the Department of Corrections and Te Uru Rakau gathered to support and view the program come to a close. An exciting moment for the Council and of course Auckland.
Trees That Count are proud to have supported Auckland Council. Thousands of natives were funded through our marketplace to go towards this 1 million tree program. These natives were planted around the Auckland region, in areas like Riverhead, Tuff Crater, Totara Park, Snells Beach, Tapapakanga, Slipper Lake and Sanders Reserve, just to name a few.
Not only are these plantings helping reduce carbon emissions but are also adding to the beautiful landscape of Auckland city. It is a moment for all involved to be proud!