New pear trees planted along Napier Rd

Hastings Leader - - News -

With the road­works in Napier Road nearly com­plete, a num­ber of peo­ple gath­ered last week to plant 21 new trees along the cen­tral me­dian strip.

About 30 trees were re­moved ear­lier this year in prepa­ra­tion for lay­ing the Have­lock North sec­tion of the new Hast­ings to Have­lock North wa­ter main.

The orig­i­nal trees were planted as a Ro­tary Club of Have­lock North beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project in 1973, so the coun­cil in­vited club mem­bers to help with the new plant­ing project, to mark an­other era in Ro­tary ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The Brad­ford Pear was the cho­sen tree, and coun­cil­lors, staff, Ro­tary Club mem­bers and a band of vol­un­teers were all on board to re-plant the area.

Coun­cil works and ser­vices com­mit­tee chair­man Kevin Watkins says he was de­lighted that Ro­tary helped with the re­plant­ing.

“I was even more de­lighted that one or two of the Ro­tar­i­ans who were in­volved in plant­ing the orig­i­nal trees were here.”

While it was sad to lose the orig­i­nal trees for the greater good of in­stalling the wa­ter main, which had to go in quickly, he said he was pleased that the project was on sched­ule.

“No doubt the new va­ri­ety of trees will add a new vi­brancy to this sec­tion of road.”

Have­lock North Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent John Pollard says Ro­tary wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in se­lect­ing and plant­ing of re­place­ment trees, one of a long list of amenity and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments the club had car­ried out.

“Past and long-stand­ing mem­bers un­der­stood the need to up­grade the in­fras­truc­ture in Napier Road but were dis­ap­pointed that this may have been at the cost of the orig­i­nal plant­ings.

“How­ever, through co­op­er­a­tion and good­will, the Hast­ings District Coun­cil’s in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments will be com­pleted and very ap­pro­pri­ate re­place­ment trees planted.”

Club mem­bers Peter Longstaff and Ewan Wal­lace were at the first plant­ing day in 1973.

‘Through co­op­er­a­tion and good­will, the Hast­ings District Coun­cil’s in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments will be com­pleted and very ap­pro­pri­ate re­place­ment trees ’ planted. JOHN POLLARD Have­lock North Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent

Hast­ings District coun­cil­lor Kevin Watkins, left, and Have­lock North Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent John Pollard were among a large band of vol­un­teers who took about an hour and a half to plant the new trees on Napier Road.

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