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Green Cor­ri­dors is one of the most suc­cess­ful eco-restora­tion plant­ing projects in the Manawatū. Since 2001 over 140,000 na­tive plants have been planted along the Tu­ritea Stream and gul­lies in the Sum­mer­hill sub­urb. All of the plants have been grown from lo­cally sourced seed. Green Cor­ri­dors is a com­mu­nity driven pro­ject, which has had sup­port from the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil, En­vi­ron­ment Net­work Manawatū and Ri­coh. David For­rest, a lo­cal Re­source Man­age­ment Plan­ner, has been the chair­man of Green Cor­ri­dors al­most since its in­cep­tion. Af­ter more than 15 years of in­volve­ment in Green Cor­ri­dors Mr For­rest has made the de­ci­sion to step down and pass on his role to one of the other com­mit­tee mem­bers. Green Cor­ri­dors Co-or­di­na­tor Michael Duin­dam from the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil said he would like to thank Mr For­rest for his fan­tas­tic ef­forts over more than a decade. “David has been a rock on the com­mit­tee. He’s over-seen some dy­namic chal­lenges in firstly set­ting up the Green Cor­ri­dors Pro­gramme, en­sur­ing that it sur­vived its ini­tial years and then nur­tur­ing it to a point where it has thrived. We all have the op­por­tu­nity to now en­joy the won­der­ful bush walk­ways in Sum­mer­hill and the Tu­ritea Val­ley. David and other Green Cor­ri­dors Com­mit­tee mem­bers have left a real legacy for the City, not only for the peo­ple that get to walk, run or trek along them, but also the mul­ti­tudes of birds that now call them home or use them as cor­ri­dors to travel into the City”, said Mr Duin­dam. Green Cor­ri­dors hold com­mu­nity plant­ing days through­out the plant­ing sea­son (May to Septem­ber). Vol­un­teer plant­ing dur­ing the week is also avail­able for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested. If you want to vol­un­teer to plant in the Green Cor­ri­dors or would like to join the Green Cor­ri­dors Com­mit­tee, please con­tact Michael Duin­dam at Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil on or

Fol­low the Green Cor­ri­dors Face­book page for up­dates on com­mu­nity plant­ing days.

Nurs­ery­man Ed­die Welsh and com­mit­tee mem­ber David For­rest sur­rounded by na­tives ready for plant­ing.

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