Tree planting for Conservation Week
Converting a love for Manawatū’s outdoors into action is the aim of this year’s Conservation Week.
Conservation Week opens in Palmerston North on Saturday with a ‘Plant a tree - get a tree’, War on Weeds event at Ahimate Park - better known as Waitoetoe Park.
Saturday’s tree planting at the Manawatū River bank reserve is from 10am to 12.30pm and includes a free barbecue, music and children’s activities, as well as offering participants a free native plant to take home.
Local representatives of Weedbusters will be offering help with weed identification and advice on how to combat pest plants.
Nicole Sutton, senior DOC Manawatū ranger, said 85 per cent of New Zealanders rated conservation as important.
‘‘The theme for Conservation Week is about making people aware of how easy it is to become involved in protecting and nurturing our amazing and unique wildlife.
‘‘We want to show people that conservation can be done in their own backyard, gardens, parks and marine areas. Even small actions make a big difference.’’
Supported by Horizons Regional Council, Palmerston North City Council, Rangitāne o Manawatū, the Kiwi Conservation Club and DOC, the best access to the planting day with parking, is at the end of Maxwells Line.
Sutton said another aspect of Conservation Week was about promoting a predator-free environment, with kids being encouraged to take part in the Genesis Energy Whio Boot Camp online game.
‘‘As well as being fun, the game teaches players how a whio lives in the wild - eating, running rapids and hopefully avoiding predators.’’
She said predator-free was gaining momentum around Manawatū with councils, schools and community groups becoming involved.
‘‘You can join an existing project or start your own.’’
Incorporating the city’s Ecofest, the local Conservation Week concludes on Saturday, October 21 with a Welcome Back to the Waders at the Foxton Estuary.
DOC’s Kelly Harris said people were invited to join members of the Manawatū Estuary Trust from 11am to 12pm in Robbie St at Foxton Beach to spot birds that have arrived on their two-week flight from the northern hemisphere.
They would also hear about the birds’ amazing journey.
Waitoetoe Park has drawn crowds of people during the year to help plant trees along the city’s Manawatu River bank reserve.