Communities commit to native plantings
Monday, 9 September 2013 10:32 a.m.
Planting season is well underway and there have been several successful planting days this winter on the Bay of Plenty coasts, rivers, streams and hills. Smaller communities are taking the opportunity to get involved and make a real and long-term impact in their communities.
Rangitaiki River Forum Chairman, Bronco Carson, is encouraged by the strong community involvement at these planting days.
“It was great to be involved in the successful Te Teko planting day in August. There were so many people and kids out there planting and really making it a fun morning. A huge thanks to all those who helped with the planting and organised the day’s events” he said.
The Te Teko community planting day isn’t the last for the Rangitaiki River Forum. The Edgecumbe community is also benefiting from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Environmental Enhancement Fund that has provided funding for native trees to enhance areas around Edgecumbe bridge and riverbank.
The day is being run by the Edgecumbe Development and Improvement Team (EDIT) and also supported by the Rangitaiki River Forum. The Rangitaiki River Forum is a partnership between iwi, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Whakatāne District Council, established to protect and enhance the health of the Rangitaiki River. EDIT is a group of motivated volunteers who want to revitalise the town of Edgecumbe, restoring a sense of pride the town who have achieved impressive results since they were formed 22 months ago.
“Planting days are a highly effective way people can contribute to their communities. Planting trees and shrubs not only serve to beautify the area and protect against erosion, it also brings the community together and instils a sense of pride and achievement. So it is a win for the environment, a win for the community and a win for the individual,” Mr Carson said.
Date: Saturday 14 September 2013
Time: 9:30am (sausage sizzle from about midday)
Location: Hydro Rd to Rangitaiki Bridge (parking in Fonterra car park)
Most holes will be pre-dug, but bring a spade if you want to dig a few more. Good footwear is required.