A beautiful native forest is regenerating in the heart of central Auckland. Rich with native plants, birds and lizards, it is growing up under a stand of Monterey Pines that have acted as a nursery over many decades for the unique regenerating bush growing beneath them that is “one of the largest remaining forest remnants in central Auckland”(1).

The pines themselves are a striking part of the character of the Western Springs skyline. Visible from the lake, the zoo, the stadium and far beyond.

Yet Auckland Council want to fell all 200 of the old pines and in so doing destroying the majority of existing the native forest understory.

The Save Western Springs Forest campaign is calling for the chainsaws to be halted. We want to see the whole forest ecosystem – deemed a Special Ecological Area – to be managed  sustainably, so that the big old trees are allowed to remain, or be selectively felled over years, in a way that is safe for residents and park users. We want to see the forest thrive, with a focus on the unique native ecosystem that will, in time, take over the role currently performed by the pines.  

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(1) “comprises one of the largest remaining forest remnants in central Auckland.” – Wildland Consultants to Auckland Council, Pg.7, 2016.

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