With any luck, by December we’ll see a fabulous display of red and green down by the waterfront, as the Council has started the planting on the Greening the Quays project:
The Greening the Quays project began in July with the building of a 2m-wide median strip to hold the “Maori Princess” species of pohutukawa between the Jervois Quay and Cable Street intersection to Johnston Street.
… Maori Princess was chosen as it grows in an upright form, making it ideal for street planting. Since early May the trees have been in a pen on Taranaki Wharf to harden them off against the elements before they are installed.
Besides the pohutukawa, the median strip will also feature lighting, irrigation and native shrubs. The planting of the trees will not affect the number of traffic lanes along the quays.
I like what the Council are doing around Wellington. I’d be thrilled if the whole city was transformed into an oasis of native plants and birds. Already there are many plantings of grasses around the streets. These pohutukawa will add more colour and flavour to the downtown area.