Productive forestry within metropolitan areas using high value timber and amenity species is not uncommon in parts of Europe and North America. In 2000, Roger May was contracted to provide forest management planning services to Wellington City Council in the Wellington Town Belt. Much of the 330ha Town Belt is covered with exotic forest, mostly pine, much over 80 years old. Under a new management plan, 60% of this old (and in places hazardous) forest in the centre of Wellington is to be carefully felled and restored to the mixed species coastal forest native to the region.
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But more could be done in New Zealand’s towns and cities using our indigenous and or exotic trees to develop urban forestry concepts. Tomorrow’s Forests is advocating such developments.