A Shovel Award goes to the people of the Christchurch City Council responsible for their “Community Facilities Network Vision” to cut local community funding. How can such cuts to community amenities be called “visionary”? Visions are meant to be inspiring, to open up possibilities, to create hope and energy.
In an article in the St Albans community paper STANN, it was stated: “this amazing achievement will be remembered by St Albans people as a sign that they have again become an identifiable community - a community with enough hope and fortitude to dare to try and change things for the better.”
When she went to the council about the tree, they just laughed, and said "the tree didn’t measure up, that it wasn’t worth saving.” The tree was not native, it was not special, and so it did not qualify as the kind of tree the council would protect. Read how this tree become worthy.