Pop­u­lar plant­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - MIRI SCHROETER

There was no sleep-in for keen en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists on Sun­day morn­ing as 70 peo­ple showed up to a plant­ing day in Palmer­ston North.

The Green Cor­ri­dors project at Summerhill has been go­ing since 2001. Its aim is to bring more birds into the city by build­ing up av­enues of green­ery that ex­tend from the Tararua Ranges down to the Manawatu River.

On Sun­day, 1200 manuka and to­tara trees, as well as flax and other green­ery, were planted out near Cash­mere Dr.

Green Cor­ri­dors chair­man Selwyn Yorke said the plant­ing usu­ally took place in win­ter, as the trees needed plenty of rain to grow.

Twice as many peo­ple showed up than in 2016, Yorke said.

The plant­ing took place a week af­ter Ar­bor Day, which fell on Queen’s Birth­day Mon­day, and wasn’t part of the na­tional pro­mo­tion to plant a record num­ber of trees on a sin­gle day.

The group plans to plant 10,000 plants ev­ery year with the help of the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil.

Coun­cil sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Adam Jarvis said it was a joint ef­fort be­tween the coun­cil and vol­un­teers.

Data showed that in the past 10 years, bird life in Tu­ritea had in­creased by about three times, and more birds were find­ing their way to the city.

Plant­ing more green­ery not only im­proved the en­vi­ron­ment, but it was also a great amenity for the pub­lic, who could walk through the planted areas, Jarvis said.

Vol­un­teer Nathan Ram said the at­mos­phere at the plant­ing day was great and it was good to get stuck into some en­vi­ron­men­tal work.

Ram and Cle­mens Bergmann won a com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day for com­ing up with the new Green Cor­ri­dors logo.

Their green and white rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Tararua Ranges and Manawatu River, beat 44 other en­tries.

Ram, who is a de­signer by trade, said the pair wanted to show the bird life and green­ery that lived around Manawatu wa­ter­ways.

‘‘It’s just some­thing we wanted to do for the love of it.’’

The pair won $500, which would be put back into help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, Ram said.

‘‘It's just some­thing we wanted to do for the love of it’’ Green Cor­ri­dors logo de­sign win­ner Nathan Ram.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Paige Whit­ing, 14, and Ar­lene Jack­man, 14, plant a flax seedling dur­ing the Summerhill plant­ing day.

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