1BT: Nurseries call for quicker action

Wednesday 14 Nov 2018

The plant nursery industry is calling for the Government to make quicker progress with the One Billion Trees plan.

The Government is aiming to plant one billion trees by 2027. “It’s going to take a while to scale up,” Forestry Ministry Shane Jones said. So far, 60,642,000 trees have been planted since the One Billion Trees plan was announced.

“By the time the next election comes, we would well and truly have cracked our hundred-million mark - a mix of exotics and native,” Mr Jones said.

The Ministry for Primary Industries estimates 500 million trees will be planted through current national rates, but it’s been tasked with increasing the rate of planting to provide the other 500 million.

Lyndale Nurseries director Malcolm Woolmore told TV1 News the industry wants to see greater details and action to know the programme is “real".

He said the nursery industry has the capacity to reach the goal but need to know what natives are required, where and when.

“Ninety per cent of tree production is made to contract orders,” Mr Woolmore said, explaining that some natives can take up to five years to grow for selling.

“What they need to do is create contracts, put them in front of nurseries and with real commitment - which means some money.”

Mr Woolmore also said MPI needs greater support to deliver its role in the plan.

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