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Members of the public are invited to join Department of Conservation staff and members of the Taupo Girl Guides to plant 3000 trees at Whakaipo Bay, Sunday 9 August 2009.

Date:  29 July 2009

Members of the public are invited to join Department of Conservation staff and members of the Taupo Girl Guides to plant 3000 trees at Whakaipo Bay, Sunday 9 August 2009.  The event gets underway at 9.00am with a short briefing and will go ahead whatever the weather.  Follow the signs off Mapara Road to the site.

Whakaipo Bay Gully. Photo: Kim Alexander-Turia.
Whakaipo Bay planting gully

Herwi Scheltus, Landscape Architect for the Department of Conservation, has previously developed an extensive landscape plan for the popular reserve which includes retiring four gullies from grazing and planting them in a range of native trees. 

This year the 3000 natives will be planted in a fenced off gully area in the Bay. Environment Waikato has partly funded the fencing. Waste woollen carpet kindly donated by Carpet Court of Taupo will be used as weed matting. This will help to keep competing grass down and retain valuable moisture around the young trees. 

“We always look forward to planting at Whakaipo Bay,” says Terry Slee, Programme Manager Visitor Assets, DOC. “It’s a great chance to get together with the community and the plantings have a very positive effect on the reserve.”

A barbeque will be held at the end of the planting event at the Girl Guide camp with the Girl Guides doing the cooking. This day couldn’t be run without their wonderful assistance.

Please bring your own sharp spade, warm clothing, sunhat, gardening gloves, plenty of energy and come have some fun with conservation.

Anyone wanting to become involved in plantings at Whakaipo Bay should contact Aniwa Tawa by emailing atawa@doc.govt.nz or telephone +64 7 892 3466.

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