Seeds for the fu­ture

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

The Pt Che­va­lier com­mu­nity took their green thumbs to Meola Reef Re­serve to plant trees for World En­vi­ron­ment Day.

About 300 vol­un­teers took part in the event last Thurs­day, plant­ing 1700 trees by lunchtime.

Mayor John Banks lent a hand with the spade­work, along with Auck­land Cen­tral MP Ju­dith Tizard, co­me­dian Os­car Kight­ley and pupils from West­ern Springs Col­lege, Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate and Pt Che­va­lier Pri­mary School.

“The stu­dents all walked to the site to re­duce their car­bon foot­print,” says Auck­land City Coun­cil park vol­un­teers co­or­di­na­tor David Bow­den.

Once the trees were planted, vol­un­teers from Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy laid eco-mats made from re­cy­cled card­board with fer­tiliser.

“We put them in to re­place mulch, which gives off meth­ane.”

All the plants are na­tives, in­clud­ing flax, toe­toe and manuka.

Mr Bow­den says the plants will es­tab­lish a ground cover over the next two or three years, mak­ing the re­serve less windy and in­creas­ing the wildlife.

“The idea is to en­cour­age peo­ple to come here with their fam­ily and friends. Meola Reef is unique be­cause it has a lot of birdlife.”

Tim­ber­lands spon­sored 700 trees and a group of Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy em­ploy­ees spent the day plant­ing.

“It’s been awe­some. It gives you a sense you’ve done some­thing good,” says Ge­n­e­sis worker Jamie Reid.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Green touch: Plant­ing trees at Meola Reef Re­serve are, from left: Jamie Reid, vol­un­teers co­or­di­na­tor David Bow­den and Pauline Tow­ell.

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