Spade loads of help from community planters

A team of church volunteers hard at work planting the Weiti Riverbank. Photo, Vern Rule

It’s time for the community to roll up its sleeves once again, as planting season is in full swing.
It began with a weekend of activity on the banks of the Weiti River in Silverdale. Community Planting Days there on May 26 and 27 saw almost 3000 native plants dug in by volunteers that included the general public and a large contingent from the Illuminate Church as well as around 100 members of Onehunga’s World Mission Church.

Coming up next is Auckland Council’s Matariki Planting event at Metro Park East on Sunday, June 17. It is part of Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s Million Trees programme and every volunteer receives a tree to take home and plant. A sausage sizzle will also be provided. Meet at Metro Park East in Millwater Parkway – planting begins 9.30am.

The annual community plantings at Shakespear Open Sanctuary are also scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 17 with more taking place there on July 15 and 22.

Since the formation of the Park in 1975, annual planting has greatly extended the original areas of native bush. Steeper gully areas have been fenced off and each year some are filled in with new planting, so eventually only the ridges will be left in grass.

Public plantings at the open sanctuary run from 10am to 1pm, followed by a free barbecue. Signs at the park entrance will direct people to the planting sites. Info: www.sossi.org.nz


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