It sure as hell was not the best day for weather, but I really couldn’t care less!
If there are arborists on site, that can only mean one thing, PROGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our section is within an SEA (Significant Ecological Area) which means that the trees and other specific vegetation are protected. To remove them, you have to give some pretty specific and detailed reasons as to why and what mitigation we can offer in return.
We obviously need access to our new home, so needed to decide where to put the drive. Due to a very old and beautiful brick retaining wall which is Auckland Transport’s property, going through the wall was not an option. As we want to minimise the vegetation removal and the amount of excavation on site to lessen the ecological effects, we asked our architect to design the drive and the house to follow and work with the natural contours of the existing land so any removal or excavation would be kept to a minimum. As the section had not been looked after or managed in over 20 years, there was a lot of vegetation. However, there was also a lot of dead or poor condition vegetation that actually gave us a natural path of sufficient width for us to utilise this as the drive.
Our consultant arborist detailed these in his report with us agreeing to planting at least 20 8L ball native specimens in replace of the 7 trees and bushes that we have had permission to remove, a net increase of 13 natives.
Additionally, our landscape gardeners had been uplifting young shoots and saplings of natives that we knew were within the construction zone. We have over 11 nikau which so far, are actually doing really well. We are also liaising with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei about our planting plan – I really can’t wait to start getting my hands dirty planting out our new vegetation and managing and nurturing what we already have.
Yep, west is most definitely best 🙂