Hard times for trees

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 08:13 07/02/2013
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DRY AS A BONE: Recently planted trees, like this one on Albert Rd in Devonport, are struggling to cope with the dry weather.

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A bit of "good citizenry" is needed to bring thirsty trees planted on roadside verges back to life, Devonport Takapuna Local Board chairman Chris Darby says.

Mr Darby says the hot summer weather is taking its toll on trees planted by the Auckland Council in an effort to beautify our neighbourhoods.

"What 've seen is some quite advanced desiccation and we are at risk of losing these trees," he says.

"It would be great if people could take ownership of what's outside and chuck a bucket of water or something to help."

Auckland Council has maintenance crews on the go, Mr Darby says, but they're unable to keep up with every tree in need of help.

He says the trees in Devonport's Queens Pde and Albert Rd are looking especially dry.

An Auckland-wide fire ban is in place because of the dry conditions.

The ban in rural and urban areas covers rubbish fires, bonfires, backyard braziers, cooking fires and fireworks.

"Both residents and visitors to the region will need to do their part by taking extra precautions and ensuring the ban is followed by everyone," principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says.

Northern regional park ranger Mathew Vujcich says park beachfront and dunes are particularly vulnerable.

Gary Taylor of North Harbour Water Carriers says his trucks are just keeping up with demand.

"We're still trying to do same-day service in Rodney from Kaukapakapa through to Dairy Flat, Coatesville, Riverhead, Okura and Greenhithe," he says.

"It's not as dry as it was about three years ago," Mr Taylor says.

"But there's no rain forecast here for a while."

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