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