More than fifty sites planted
Te Ara Ka¯ka¯riki Greenway Canterbury Trust (TAK) celebrated the planting of its fiftieth site on Saturday, volunteers braving high winds to plant the site.
Plantout coodinator Elizabeth Guthrey said that although the day was windy, they ‘‘made it through with a smile’’.
‘‘It must have been a worthwhile cause for everyone. The wind made us work hard, so we even finished the three sites a little early.’’
Guthrey said the site’s owners let volunteers have lunch in their house to avoid the worst of the weather.
The sun came out for the afternoon in time for organisers and volunteers to share cake in celebration of the milestone.
Over the 11 years of TAK’s existence they and volunteers had planted more than 49,300 native plants. The fifty sites encompassed, private, public and school land.
By the end of Spring, Guthrey said they would have planted more than 56,000.
During the group’s previous outing, on September 2, volunteers planted more than 1300 native trees and shrubs at three Selwyn district sites.
A paddock on organic market gardener Vanya Alison Maw’s farm was the first site visited by the volunteers.
Maw had been planting natives on her property for about two decades.
Guthrey said Maw was overjoyed that so many had volunteered to support her in planting the paddock she had dedicated for a forest.
‘‘It’s a bit of a dream for her [the native planting], it helps if someone like the trust comes along and makes that dream come along faster,’’ Guthrey said.
Ecologist Nathan Dougherty said native birds were already feeding on Maw’s native trees, and he was excited to continue restoring the field in coming years.
TAK had more planting days coming up on September 16 in Hororata and September 30 in the area of the Port Hills affected by the recent fires.
— Volunteers could register at www.kakariki.org.nz. Buses and food were provided for most events.
Te Ara Ka¯ka¯riki Greenway Canterbury Trust team cut the cake for the fiftieth site.