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2000 plants dug in

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Forest & Bird’s Graham Falla, left, provides some guidance prior to Saturday’s planting at Hayley Lane hosted by Friends of Mangemangeroa. Photo Nick Krause

There have been two very successful planting days at the Mangemangeroa Reserve.

The first was with Forest and Bird on June 11 which was at two sites below the barn on Somerville Road and the Kowhai walk beyond the Whitford Bridge.

On Saturday June 18 the Friends of Mangemangeroa (FoM) were joined by about 150 volunteers from Rotary, The Pakuranga Chinese Association, Botany & Flat Bush Ethnic Association Inc, Botany Chinese Association, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, Macleans College students, members of the community and members of NZ Biosecurity staff.

Also present to help were Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown, Labour List MP Naisi Chen (from Botany) and Howick Local Board members Peter Young, Bruce Kendall and John Spiller.

Auckland Councillor Paul Young also put in appearance at the beginning of the planting.

The day began with FoM committee member Sally Barclay leading a minute’s silence to remember Allan Riley who held the position of chairperson of The Friends of Mangemangeroa for 20 years and was always involved in the planting days.

FoM chairperson Marion Skelton said there were three sites planted – the previous slip site, Hayley Lane and part of the Hayley Lane Reserve.

“Over the two planting days, around 2000 native eco-source plants were planted by the volunteers. At the end of the planting the volunteers were treated to a BBQ,” said Skelton.

“We would like to thank all those who attended and took part in both the¬†plantings on the reserve it is very much appreciated.”

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