Planting season is upon us and the people of Porirua are being encouraged to join in. Sunday 28 June is one of three community planting days to be held at Whitireia Park this year, organised by the Onehunga Bay Restoration Group.
This is the fourth year of restoration efforts in Whitireia Park and organiser Angus Hulme-Moir would like to see as many helping hands as possible “We have over 1000 eco-sourced native plants to go in this year, with wetland, dune and forest restoration species all to be planted. The planting will start around 10am and continue until 2pm – although times will depend on how much help we get!”
“We are starting to see the results of previous plantings now, with toe toe and manuka starting to flower and the eroded dunes slowly building up again” said Mr Hulme-Moir “We will be planting sand binding species such as pingao and installing bollards to help the plants to re-estabilish successfully”.
Motivations for those wanting to volunteer in the park are varied with many expressing that they want to give back to a place they love to visit. “The park has been the scene of a horrific act recently with the abuse of Lincoln the dog – I’d like to put something positive back in to the place and I want to encourage other people to do the same” said local volunteer Kerry Swadling.
Volunteers are asked to meet at the main carpark by the beach and wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes or gumboots. Spades, gloves and hot drinks as well as BBQ sausages will be provided by Greater Wellington Regional Council. 12 July and 23 August will serve as back up and further planting days.
More information about Onehunga Bay restoration can be found at: http://www.gw.govt.nz/story24316.cfm
For more information about the planting please contact: Robyn Smith, Greater Wellington Regional Council, 04 803 0367.