Wet, cooler weather heralds planting season, which began with the first community planting day at Shakespear Regional Park on Sunday, June 20.
More than 170 people, including a number from other parts of Auckland and local residents, supported by Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society (SOSSI) volunteers and rangers, managed to get around 4600 native plants into the ground.
Digging was made easier by heavy rain overnight, and the plants were laid out, ready for planting, by rangers and members of the conservation charity Kiwis for Kiwi.
This winter there are a total of around 15,000 plants to go in, largely sourced from SOSSI’s own on-site nursery.
The first planting was on the edge of the Kowhai Glen wetland – an area known as “the swamp paddock” – to extend the bush and enhance its value to native species.
This year groups of 10 or more people may also have their own planting days by arrangement, preferably during the week. Info: www.sossi.org.nz/planting-dates/
There are several more community planting days coming up on various parts of the Hibiscus Coast. Info: see What’s On.