Branch­ing out

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Alexan­dra Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment and BNZ staff pre­pare to plant at Flat Top Hill Con­ser­va­tion Area, be­side Butch­ers Dam. Alexan­dra BNZ shut up shop yes­ter­day and tell­ers ditched bank notes for gar­den­ing gloves, plant­ing trees at the area. BNZ branches around the coun­try closed for the day to al­low staff the chance to vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity. Alexan­dra teller Mal­colm Hill said or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area could make a sub­mis­sion on how they could use the town’s six bank staff and the Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment, which was keen to have some ex­tra hands to plant kowhai and other na­tives. ‘‘It is a great day, just ac­tu­ally get­ting out there and do­ing some­thing phys­i­cal, putting your skills to work to help the com­mu­nity.’’

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