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.