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