Elected members pitch in with mid-week planters
On a beautiful bright crisp morning this week (21 April), the Mōkihi mid-week planters were out in full force at Richards Beach. Helped by some young volunteers making the most of the school holidays, the group managed to plant 40 plants in two hours.
Mōkihi Reforestation Trust member Kirsten Kyle said there are many things the group loves about planting days. “It’s getting in touch with nature, it’s knowing we are giving back to the community, it is talking with our young helpers and seeing the passion for native plants and the environments, seeing their excitement when they spot a skink, and it is talking to the many walkers and cyclists using the cycle trail.”
This week the mid-week planters were joined by Cromwell Community Board Chair Anna Harrison, Cromwell Councillor Shirley Calvert and Deputy Mayor Neil Gillespie.
“We quickly put them to work, and they were able to see first-hand the work that the Trust is completing and the benefit that is being provided to the community and to future generations. “
As Kirsten was one of the winners of the Central Otago District Council Framing Our Future photo competition held late last year and the Trust was her nominated community group to “pay it forward” to, the CODC contingent turned up with a morning tea shout to reward the volunteers.
Planting season has just commenced and runs monthly from April to September. The Mōkihi Trust would love to see new volunteers. Keep up to date with what is happening by following Mōkihi Reforestation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MokihiTrust/