Put best planting foot forward for new trees
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 Now grass and weeds have been replaced by long stretches of bush, attracting native birds and fish and contributing to the Te Araroa Walkway.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.
Green Corridors volunteer planters at Lower Titoki Reserve during the Ricoh sponsored planting day in June 2015.