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Te Puke Times - 2021-07-22

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Help plant trees at sanctuary

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For further information contact Ann on 573 8541 or email tewhakakatrust@gmail.com.

Volunteers are needed to help plant 1000 trees at Otawa Sanctuary in No 3 Road on Saturday. It is a great opportunity for families to share a day in this special place and help the Te Whakakaha Trust in its work to restore the natural vegetation to the old quarry site. Previous plantings have made great progress, says trust spokeswoman Ann Dowman, and it is encouraging to see the native trees and shrubs thriving. On Saturday, larger podocarps will be planted under the existing canopy of smaller trees that have been planted over the past five years. Meet at 9am at the Otawa Sanctuary gate, 1254 No 3 Rd, just over the bridge on the right. Trust members will be on site to welcome volunteers and guide the planting. ‘‘Dress for the weather, bring your water bottle and spade if you have one,’’ says Ann. ‘‘A very popular sausage sizzle at lunch time is always a welcome feature.’’ The sanctuary is 400ha of conservation land which has been affected by years of quarrying work. It is now recovering well with native vegetation thriving and successful replanting in areas where buildings have been removed. If Saturday is wet, the rain day is Sunday. ■

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