More than 800 trees planted


Cor­po­rate vol­un­teers joined forces with con­ser­va­tion group Friends of Tawa Bush Re­serve last month and planted more than 800 trees in the area.

Teams from BNZ Closed for Good and the Trea­sury built on their con­tri­bu­tions from pre­vi­ous years, plant­ing trees with Friends of Tawa Bush Re­serve in the sub­urb’s Wood­burn Re­serve on Au­gust 31.

The two cor­po­rate vol­un­teer ses­sions meant the na­tive trees were planted in two weeks.

Work­ing Bee co-or­di­na­tor Richard Her­bert said it was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort that made a dif­fer­ence to how many trees the con­ser­va­tion group would have been able to plant this year.

‘‘The end re­sult was that the reveg­e­ta­tion of Wood­burn Re­serve’s pas­ture mar­gins could be com­pleted ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated,’’ he said.

‘‘This will in fu­ture years greatly add to the bushed area of the re­serve.’’

Friends of Tawa Bush Re­serves pres­i­dent Wayne Pin­cott said the var­i­ous tracks were en­joyed by res­i­dents.

‘‘Work on a track through Wood­burn Re­serve is close to com­ple­tion, and is al­ready in use by lo­cals,’’ he said.

At present much of the track passes through pas­ture. As the more than 5000 trees planted in the past 10 years con­tinue to grow, the track will trans­form into a bush walk.

This leop­ard seal was a long way from home when he was pho­tographed by Samantha Cameron on Thurs­day. She spot­ted him on Plim­mer­ton Beach and phoned Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, who came out to have a look. They ad­vised that peo­ple and dogs keep a good dis­tance away, but he was only vis­it­ing and no sign of him could be found the fol­low­ing day. Leop­ard seals live in the Antarc­tic and spend al­most all of their time in the wa­ter, ex­cept when breed­ing.

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