The Horticultural students from North Tec put in a big days work clearing Taiwan cherry trees and tobacco trees from the reserve in the pouring rain last week which was a great effort.
This week they came back and planted 250 trees in the space they had created. There is still a lot of brush to be cleared but it is beginning to look to look like a recreational park.
We had to clear a track to get the trailer load of plants in.
The students planted about 30 Kauri in the driest ground and about 30 kahakitia in the wettest ground plus some rimu, puriri, pohutukawa and some hebes and flax.
It was hard work but the sunshine helped to make it enjoyable and at the end we had to tow the trailer back to the road by hand.
Thank you for all the help by North Tec and the students.
Today I delivered the contract for the Far North District Council infrastructure grant. Kerikeri Walkways Group have had a massive amount of help from from the staff and counselors on this project from FNDC with steering it through to a satisfactory conclusion. The Bay of Islands Walkways Trust has also helped enormously with guidance and advice.
The support from the community has been massive and this has carried the whole Southside Track project along.
In the photograph from right to left. Bob Bingham, Ana Mules (who was the main contact) Bill Lee (Manager of Community Development) and Edina Harris, facilitator.