These plants were utilised to recreate the cultural landscape of the area by using native trees and plants, and ecologically to provide more habitat for the surrounding local animals and insects. This was large scale project, with NZTA estimating around 2.5 million native plants were to be used alongside the project (NZTA, 2021). Plants were used to protect neighbouring streams, increase soil strength and to restore the cultural and historical landscape alongside the motorway. Due to the scale of this project, the contractor Evergreen trialed a new way to plant that would increase the speed of planting while also lowering the maintenance requirements as it is self-fertilising. There is ample opportunity to introduce infrastructure and transport planting throughout cities as motorways expand and population increases.
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