Auckland energy company Vector launched a new programme Urban Forest, to raise awareness of the need to keep trees well clear from power lines, by planting thousands more of them to launch the initiative.
What is Urban Forest why it matters?
The Urban Forest is a concept that encompasses the landscape or vegetation of a city. Basically, it means natural, lower maintenance, less tailored or cared for, self-sustaining vegetation and treed areas that are characteristic of the forest, as opposed to the more formal and traditional layout of trees, shrubs, and flowers (so called “garden city”).
The vegetation plays key roles in everyday city life, providing home for our wildlife, filtering air and water, sucking carbon out of the atmosphere and making our cities not only suitable for living but nice place to be in.
This Urban Forest project means that the power company will replace every tree it must cut down for network management or safety purposes, with two new natives, planted in areas that help with local ecological restoration schemes.