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This is to ask Wellington City Council to extend the plantings of shade trees around all the city beaches to provide shade from the sun to beach goers. In particular this should be done along the foreshores of Seatoun Beach, Lyall Bay, Princess Bay, Houghton Bay and Island Bay; as well as any other suitable beaches in Wellington. I suggest Norfolk pines and northern rata as suitable tree species.
The best protection from the damaging rays of the sun is shade. As well as shade, trees add aesthetic and ecological benefits to the urban environment. Northern rata is the metrosideros species native to Wellington so WCC should be promoting this species instead of planting more pohutukawa, which is not native to Wellington.
This petition closed for signatures on 20 January 2014.
The petition was presented to the Environment Committee (disestablished October 2016) committee on 20 March 2014.
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