Planting of a remarkable 2,695 native trees and shrubs took place in Jardine Park during the spring. Most of the plants seem to have survived so far, assisted no doubt by the amount of rain this summer! This planting was organised by the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust and the QLDC in partnership with volunteers from a number of organisations: the Workforce Alliance (stepping in when COVID restrictions prevented students from Wakatipu High School doing their thing); the Student Volunteer Army; and participants in the ‘Welcome Forest’ initiative led by Project Crimson through ‘Trees That Count’. QLDC followed up by installing an irrigation system.
To support these volunteer efforts a Working Bee is proposed for the morning of Saturday, 6 March, 10am to 12noon. Meet at the entrance to the Park. For further details see the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust website: https://fb.me/e/2eGml5NIe
Jardine Park is a valuable community asset, so please come along and help. The focus will be on weeding around the base of the plants (inside the plastic rabbit protectors) and mulching beech trees which missed out when they were initially planted. QLDC is separately dealing with the thistle problem!