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Plant trees & protect Whakanewha Regional Park

Plant trees & protect Whakanewha Regional Park
1 June 2005

Aucklanders throughout the region are invited to help the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) protect and improve park life by planting native trees at Whakanewha Regional Park on Monday 6 June from 10am onwards.

Planting days are an excellent opportunity to make a positive difference to the environment. They’re also a great way to experience the region’s parks - this year the ARC is encouraging people to join planting days in parks that they haven’t visited before, and make the most of a rewarding family day out.

Planting at Whakanewha will help to provide shade and shelter for park users in the years to come, and extend and enhance the park’s current remnants of coastal forest.

New trees are planted to maintain and enhance biodiversity, and to protect park life including native plants, birds, fish and insects, and their support systems and food supplies.

Tree planting also goes a long way towards nursing our damaged ecosystems back to health. It speeds up natural regeneration, reduces flooding and erosion, and improves water quality in our rivers and beaches, making them safe for swimming.

For more information on this planting day contact the ARC on 09 366 2000 option 2 or visit www.arc.govt.nz.

What to bring:

Work boots or enclosed shoes (not sandals), a spade (if you have one), gloves, a jacket, snacks and a water bottle (it’s thirsty work). We provide a sausage sizzle for lunch.

Where to meet:

Take the ferry from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island. Catch a shuttle bus from Matiatia to the park, catch the Rocky Bay bus and get off at Gordons Rd and walk down to the park. Meet at the park depot.

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