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