Cordyline, kānuka, karaka and kōwhai are several plant species that volunteers are planting this winter at Tāwharanui Regional Park. So far 150 volunteers have planted 10,000 trees with another planting day taking place next month.
Since 2007, seeds collected in the regional park are grown at an onsite nursery and planted in the park each year in June, July and August.
Rodney Ward Councillor Greg Sayers says it is a big job to plant thousands of trees in such a short time and it’s all thanks to successful teamwork between Auckland Council rangers, Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society and community volunteers.
“It’s humbling and inspiring to see everyone’s contribution and how they’re helping the environment," he says.
“Planting the gully will create a new wildlife habitat and help stabilise the land which prevents slips. This will also protect the park’s waterways and the marine environment which the streams flow into.”
Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Chair Alison Stanes says they would like to thank all volunteers who plant trees and for the congenial atmosphere they create on site.
“Volunteers come from all walks of life, sometimes even families with three generations all sharing the efforts of getting trees into the ground.”