Twentieth community planting

Some of the planters at last year’s planting day with Forest & Bird. Photo Nick Krause

The popular annual community native tree planting mornings are on again this June.

Through the Mangemangeroa Valley Reserves are 5.25km of walking tracks developed for public enjoyment.

Through the planting season of two months there will be about another 4500 eco-sourced trees added to this bush restoration programme.

“This is the 20th year of tree planting, returning cattle-grazing paddocks into the magnificent young forest you can enjoy today,” Friends of Mangemangeroa Society chairman Allan Riley said.

The main plantings are ‘all weather’ events.

  • Saturday June 12 with Rotary Clubs, Pakuranga Chinese Association and members of the Friends Society, and local community. After the planting on June 12, everyone is welcome to enjoy a sausage sizzle and light refreshments. Contact Allan Riley, see below.
  • Saturday June 19, the latter is very well known as the Forest & Bird-organised day with the ‘Friends’ for community participation and enjoyment. Contract Graham Falla, 09 2763092
    Arrival time from 8.30am for 9am, moving to sites in the reserves, 108 Somerville Road, where the main car parking is located. (The old barn is another feature in locating the correct meeting place).
    “Volunteers should bring a sturdy digging tool, a mallet if you have one, sturdy footwear, sun and weather protection, gloves, drinking water and a desire to make a difference,” Riley said.
  • For information, call Allan Riley, Friends of Mangemangeroa Society, 021 534474