A burbling stream, the bush-clad slopes of the Kaimai ranges above and the sparkling waters of the inner harbour in the distance. What better way to spend a Saturday?
The trade-off will be donning a pair of gloves and some sturdy shoes to help plant trees along the banks of the Tahawai Stream near Katikati at a community planting day on July 15.
The stream restoration project is a joint venture between landowners Rod and Maryanne Calver, and Uretara Estuary Managers, supported by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
Uretara Estuary Managers has already fenced and planted 8000 metres of stream bank in indigenous plants and trees, cutting down erosion and siltation into the estuary.
The group has planted 123 metres so far with the aim of completing 1250 metres – 5000 trees – by the end of winter 2018. Each metre costs $33 to plant and donations can be made by scrolling to the Tahawai Stream project on the Million Metres website
The community is invited to assist with the planting of these trees along the streambank of the Tahawai Stream on Saturday, July 15.
The site is easily found at Aberfeldy Farm, 164 Lindermann Rd, Katikati. Parking will be indicated by flags.
The planting day will be in two sessions, 10am-noon and 1-3pm.
A demonstration on stream monitoring and stream life will be provided at 11.45am, a barbeque lunch at 12.15pm and afternoon tea at 3pm.
No spades are required as all the holes are pre dug. Sturdy shoes, gloves and a small trowel are an advantage, and all are welcome.
For more information phone Lawrie on 07 549 0471 or 021 859 929 or
Sue on 027 549 4627.