Rotary’s Memorial Grove planted
It was an ambitious job, but Rotary Matamata have done it.
The service club’s key project over the last few months has been the creation of the Memorial Grove on Peria Rd.
After a brief early morning service, 100 kahikatea trees were planted on Monday. The site was blessed by kaumatua Jay Gillett and Rotary members and the public got to work.
Speaking ahead of the planting, Rotary Matamata’s Don Stanley said the significance of the kahikatea tree was simple. In years gone by the New Zealand native used to cover the whole of the plains. It is also the tallest native tree in New Zealand, he said.
Rotary Matamata had always planned to target the time around Anzac Day to plant the trees, with Stanley saying this was ‘‘ambitious’’.
‘‘It was a big job, but we made it. The team have done a really great job.’’
Stanley said contributions have come in the form of dollars, time and labour. Rotary Matamata members alone had contributed to nearly 400 hours of time.
But there was still more to do with the project, Stanley said. The plaques, signs and mulch still need to be erected and distributed. Funds for the project began with the successful Concert by the Lake and Stanley said the public had also been generous. Total cost of the project was approximately $35,000.
Rotary Matamata’s Don Stanley and president Owen Farmilo plant a tree.
Kaumatua Jay Gillett blesses the site.
Rotary Matamata members, from left, Don Stanley and Leonie Tisch, with Matamata RSA president Graeme Waterson at the Memorial Grove planting.