Volunteers plant 6000 trees at Mangemangeroa

Around 40 volunteers attended a community planting morning at Mangemangeroa Reserve on Saturday.

Organised by South Auckland Forest & Bird with Friends of Mangemangeroa (FOM), the volunteers planted at a site by the Mangemangeroa Bridge. The group walked down through the Rotary Loop passing the new Friends Lookout on the way to get to the bridge site.

FOM’s Allan Riley said June is the month to help celebrate 21 years of planting native trees in the Mangemangeroa Valley Reserves.

There were two dates for volunteers to help plant some 6000 eco-sourced native trees, grown from seeds collected in the valley.

The first day was Saturday and the next date is Saturday June 27 and will be supported by local Rotary clubs with FOM.

Volunteers helped plant some of the 6000 eco-sourced native trees at Mangemangeroa on Saturday. The rest will go in with a community planting day on June 27. Photo Times

At the site on Saturday were Forest & Bird South Auckland event organiser Graham Falla and Murray  Gleeson, chair of Forest & Bird South Auckland – both of whom are on the Friends of Mangemangeroa committee.

There’s a selection of ways to help. Some don’t involve digging or planting – helpers can assemble and/or fit plant protectors (for which a hammer or mallet is needed).

“Rotary morning will be held wet or fine too,” said Riley.

“It pays to be dressed for all weather.”

Community planting

Hosted by Friends of Mangemangeroa and local Rotary Clubs

Saturday June 27, meet by 8.40am at 108 Somerville Road, Howick in the barn car park. Children aged over 12 years with parent/supervisor are welcome.

Items to bring: gloves, sound covered footwear, dress for weather protection, sunscreen, drinking water, spade or light shovel or hammer if not planting.

  • Queries to Forest & Bird/FOM Graham Falla 276 3092; Rotary/FOM Allan Riley 021 534 474.