“Otamatea HarbourCare’s recent community planting day at the Lupton farm at Marohemo was a success,” said organiser Mark Vincent.
With the help of more than 20 volunteers, the group planted over 1,500 trees.
Having good weather is one of Mark’s concerns with planting, but Saturday’s weather could not have been much better for the task in hand, he said. “With the turnout we had and what we got done, it was a great way to kick off our planting season.”
Kaipara District Council Mayor Greg Gent also took part. “It’s another great example of what community groups can do in Kaipara.”
Mark says the planting aims are twofold. “Firstly it is to help with reducing the amount of sediment and other nutrients which will find their way into the harbour and secondly it is to improve the habitat for the smallest bugs to the biggest birds.”
The group planted along a stretch of stream, just a couple of kilometres from the Kaipara Harbour, revisiting a stretch that they had been working on last year. Farm owner Bryce Lupton said: “It is really gratifying to see the excellent survival rate from last year’s plantings, especially considering how dry the place got in early summer. We really appreciate so many people coming along to help us out.”