Dig­ging in so Porirua’s hid­den gem can grow

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘Trees are so use­ful, not just for peo­ple but for all the birds and biota that live in them, and for the cli­mate. ’’

Kathryn Hurr is mak­ing the world a bet­ter place one tree at a time and wants peo­ple to join her quest.

An Ar­bor Day plant­ing at Spicer Botan­i­cal Park in Porirua on Satur­day, June 3 will see Porirua Mayor Mike Tana wield a spade, but more vol­un­teers are needed.

‘‘We’re look­ing for lots of help­ing hands to bed in about 70 trees to add to the diver­sity and colour of this pop­u­lar for­est area,’’ Tana said.

‘‘This is a great ini­tia­tive of Kathryn’s and we’re thrilled to be work­ing with her. We are all kaiti­aki of the en­vi­ron­ment and this gives us a chance to show that.’’

Spicer Botan­i­cal Park is an ar­bore­tum of ex­otic trees planted in species groups, such as Asian, Amer­i­can and Aus­tralian.

‘‘It’s a bit of a hid­den gem,’’ Tana said.

Many of the new trees to be planted have been cho­sen for the au­tumn colour they will add to the for­est.

The plant­ing starts at 11am and is ex­pected to take a cou­ple of hours.

Hurr is a Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent and works at the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries, manag­ing the team re­spon­si­ble for New Zealand’s nurs­ery stock and seed im­port health stan­dards.

She’s al­ways dreamed of buy­ing some land and fill­ing it with trees but rather than wait for that day has de­cided to team up with Porirua City to plant public land.

‘‘My dad al­ways said we should leave the world a bet­ter place and trees are my thing.

‘‘Trees are so use­ful, not just for peo­ple but for all the birds and biota that live in them, and for the cli­mate.

‘‘In 20 years’ time I want to be able to see some big trees that I had a hand in plant­ing.’’

Hurr is full of praise for the City Hor­ti­cul­ture Team that has ti­died up and pre­pared the for­est ready for the Ar­bor Day plant­ing.

Ar­bor Day - of­fi­cially cel- ebrated on 5 June - is a day where peo­ple are en­cour­aged to plant and care for trees. It orig­i­nated in the United States but is now cel­e­brated around the world.

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