Put best plant­ing foot for­ward for new trees

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RUS­SELL POOLE, GREEN COR­RI­DORS OF PALMER­STON NORTH

150,000 trees planted in 11 years is not a bad ef­fort. Green Cor­ri­dors is a vol­un­tary group that plans and over­sees the plant­ing of re­serve ar­eas to en­cour­age na­tive bio­di­ver­sity.

It in­vites vol­un­teers to join a Plant­ing Day in Ti­toki Re­serve off Cash­mere Dr in Sum­mer­hill.

A part­ner­ship be­tween the city, com­mu­nity groups and landown­ers, Green Cor­ri­dors (full name Green Cor­ri­dors of Palmer­ston North – From Range to River) launched in 2001.

As its first pro­ject, the group took on reveg­e­ta­tion of bare pas­ture land along­side the Tu­ritea Stream. Now grass and weeds have been re­placed by long stretches of bush, at­tract­ing na­tive birds and fish and con­tribut­ing to the Te Araroa Walk­way.

Since then, the work has ex­tended to gul­lies in the Aokautere area. Creeks and wet­land are be­ing re­vi­talised to pro­vide habi­tat for na­tive fish such as koaro (a type of white­bait).

Cre­at­ing green cor­ri­dors

means ben­e­fits for peo­ple as well as wildlife.

The 1000 trees to go in on Sun­day 18 are a mix of mānuka ( Lep­tosper­mum sco­par­ium), mā­natu ( Pla­gianthus regius, or rib­bon­wood), kānuka ( Kun­zea eri­coides), tarata ( Pit­tospo­rum eu­ge­nioides, or lemon­wood) and akeake ( Dodonea vis­cosa).

Grown from lo­cally gath­ered seed, these pi­o­neer species should thrive and cre­ate pro­tec­tion for tī­toki and other taller trees.

Part of the mix is New Zealand’s tī kōuka ( Cordy­line aus­tralis, or cab­bage tree). En­sur­ing its con­tin­ued sur­vival is cru­cial, given its de­cline in many parts of the coun­try.

Spon­sor­ship is by Ri­coh, Green Cor­ri­dors’ cor­po­rate part­ner for the past eight years.

Vol­un­teers should meet at Ti­toki Re­serve Cash­mere Dr on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18 at 9.30amwith spade, gloves and gum­boots. Chil­dren are wel­come . Work will fin­ish at 12.30pm with lunch and re­fresh­ments pro­vided by Ri­coh.

See the Green Cor­ri­dors Face­book page for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

UDO VON MULERT

Green Cor­ri­dors vol­un­teer planters at Lower Ti­toki Re­serve dur­ing the Ri­coh spon­sored plant­ing day in June 2015.

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