About 800 trees for Waitoetoe Park
Palmerston North’s Waitoetoe Park will be the city’s chief beneficiary of this Friday’s Earth Day.
800 trees have been provided by Horizons Regional Council in conjunction with the City Council, with both councils along with Friends of Waitoetoe Park and A Rocha, encouraging people to celebrate Earth Day this Friday 22 by turning up to plant a tree at the riverside reserve behind Buick Cres.
Trees foster our health by absorbing pollutants (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone), filtering particulates out of the air, and creating shade from sun and shelter from wind.
By joining in and planting a tree city residents can help to offset their carbon emissions and also create food sources for native birds and insects.
Restored thanks to the initiative and hard work of local residents, the remnant of native bush provides habitat for a wide variety of native birds including kahu (harrier hawks), kakariki, kereru (wood pigeons), tuı, korimako (bellbirds), pıwakawaka (fantails) and tauhou (waxeyes).
The river attracts grey herons, kawau (shags), banded dotterels and paradise shelducks.
The next generation is making a big contribution at Waitoetoe Park. Pupils at nearby Riverdale Kindergarten and Riverdale School regularly assist in planting, weeding and mulching and also in monitoring native species.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award students from St Peters and Girls’ High have created natural playgrounds which are now enjoyed by children from Riverdale, West End, Takaro and Milson Kindergartens. Helped by Menzshed Manawatu, the Kiwi Conservation Club have built bird feeders, weta houses and insect hotels to provide habitat.
The invitation is to celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree on April 22, 12 – 2.30pm. Meet at the Buick Crescent entrance, adjacent to Sharon Pl.
Some spades will be available, but planters are advised to bring along their own spade, gloves and appropriate footwear. On rain or shine, a barbecue lunch will be available for all participants.
To further promote awareness about the positive impact planting trees can have, Massey University professor John Flenley will be on site selling Trees, Trees, Trees his book on climate change and how planting trees helps improve the environment.
More information is available from the Friends of Waitoetoe Park Facebook page.
Young Kyle Wickins (4) was part of akindergarten tree planting session for World Rivers Day in December.