About 800 trees for Waitoe­toe Park

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - RUSSELLL POOLE, ENM

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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Young Kyle Wick­ins (4) was part of akinder­garten tree plant­ing ses­sion for World Rivers Day in De­cem­ber.

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