100 trees to commemorate 100 years
The Rotary Club of Matamata will plant 100 kahikatea trees at the Peria Road Reserve in Matamata as a memorial commemorating 100 years since World War I.
The club approached the Matamata-Piako District Council to get support for this and the construction of a fence and walkway on the council land, which the Rotary club would fund.
Council agreed to contribute $ 3000 towards the potential removal or pruning of poplar trees on an adjacent property that could potentially overshadow the memorial trees. The council would also potentially mow the grass around the memorial in the future which would have additional costs.
‘‘It is an honour to partner with the Rotary club to commemorate 100 years sincethe First World War,’’ mayor Jan Barnes said.
The memorial is stage one of creating a walkway that would encircle the town which Rotary has been involved in for a long time, Matamata Rotarian Don Stanley said.
The Rotary club were discussing with the RSA about the potential to install plaques to celebrate the significant battles of World War I like Gallipoli and the Somme.
Rotary planned to start planting the trees in April or May.