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One million plants closer to a sustainable coastline for the Bay

Friday, 7 June 2013 12:00 p.m.

Coast Care is hosting an event on 23 June 2013 at Marine Parade in Mount Maunganui to celebrate the significant efforts put in by volunteers to plant nearly one million plants over the last 19 years. Coast Carers from around the region will come together to take place in planting day, which will include the planting of the one millionth plant. The public is invited to bring along a spade and join them.

The Coast Care programme is a community partnership programme where volunteers work together to re-establish the function of their beaches and dunes by undertaking planting and restoration work.

There are twenty-five Coast Care community volunteer groups throughout the Bay of Plenty. Around 3500 community members are currently involved in protecting and managing the coastal environment through planting native plants, building fences and other restorative work along the dunes.

“The four goals of Coast Care are to raise awareness about dunes; to involve local communities in coastal management; to protect and restore biodiversity and to maximise dune resilience to coastal hazards” says Amy Greaves Land Management Officer Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

“The dunes along our coast are the backbone of our beaches and native plants play an important role in ensuring those dunes function properly and are stable.  But impacts from things like grazing stock, excavation for development, introduction of exotic plant species and pedestrian and vehicle trampling have all contributed to the reduction in the numbers of native dune plants, which contributes to erosion and decline of dunes.

“Coast Carer volunteers in the Bay work tirelessly to replant those dunes with native plants, and fence off sensitive areas from stock, pedestrians and vehicles. If we don’t protect our coast now we risk losing it, which is what makes caring for our coast now so important for the future. “

Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council, Ōpōtiki District Council, Whakatāne District Council and the Department of Conservation are in partnership with Bay of Plenty Regional Council to run the Coast Care programme.

If you would like to get involved in the Coast Care Programme then come and find out more and join the planting on 23 June 2013, or contact Heidi Fraser at Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 881 extension 8529

This event will take place from 11am – 2pm opposite 50 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui. Competitions, prizes and a sausage sizzle will take place on the day. Please note if the weather is unsuitable this event will be postponed until the 30 June 2013. Postponement notices will be aired on 1XX, Classic Hits and GoldFM on Saturday morning 22 June 2013.

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