Regrowth in storm’s wake
Plantings for Arbor Day in Porirua this year will help to repair storm damage next to Aotea College and protect streams in Thompson’s Gully.
Last winter’s storms cut a swathe through Aotea College’s grounds, causing many trees to come down. On Wednesday, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett joined students, Porirua City Council staff and volunteers in planting the areas where damaged macrocarpa and pine trees were removed.
Rata and other native species will help to restore the zone.
A nearby wetland below Adrenalin Forest was also planted, which will ultimately help to reduce silt and pollution entering the harbour. It is a collaborative project between the council and college and has been made possible with the support of Greater Wellington Regional Council, Project Crimson, Keep Porirua Beautiful and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand.
On Thursday, 190 Holy Family School pupils and eight international students from Whitireia Polytechnic got their hands dirty putting 200 plants in along the Thompson Gully Reserve path behind the school. The path links Champion St and Mungavin Ave but is prone to becoming overgrown and requires a lot of attention, the council’s manager of parks and reserves Bill Inge said.