Volunteers plant native trees
Image: Nick Heslop | DOC


DOC staff and volunteers recently spent a great day out planting over 300 native trees in the Kauaeranga Valley.

Date:  14 July 2017

On a misty winter’s morning of the 5 July, several DOC staff and a solid team of over a dozen volunteers arrived at the Shag Stream Campgrounds in the Kauaeranga Valley, situated behind the township of Thames.

The keen volunteers arrived on site at 10am to over 300 native trees waiting patiently to be planted in their pre-planned positions. These 300 trees were generously provided for the day by the Te Whangai Trust from Miranda.

Upon their arrival, the volunteers were taken through some biosecurity measures, which included checking and cleaning their gear to prevent the spread of weeds as well as diseases such as Kauri Dieback, and the more recent Myrtle Rust, which affect many common native and introduced plant species.

Volunteers plant native trees
Image: Nick Heslop | DOC

The volunteers (Hansen and Ash, along with some keen arborist students) were then given a brief demonstration on the best planting method to use, and then invited to get stuck in and get their hands dirty.

Volunteers and DOC staff had some great conversations throughout the day, and it was a great opportunity for them to get to know each other. The group were rewarded for their efforts with the company of large group of fantails that were making the most of the tasty treats being inadvertently dug up for them by the planters.

All 300 of the trees were planted in just a couple of hours, and the team finished off the day at the Kauaeranga Visitors Centre where they cleaned their gear once more, then watched a film about the local area called “Last of the Kauri Bushmen”. A great day out was had by all, and the DOC team would like to thank all those who were involved in the event.

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Nick Heslop, Ranger (Community), Kaitiaki, Āo Hāpori
Phone: +64 7 8679182
Email: nheslop@doc.govt.nz

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