Many hands on deck for tree-planting job

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

A large native tree-planting exercise by volunteers took place in Waiwera South on Sunday.

In a combined effort between Balclutha Rotary and a Waiwera-Kuriwao-Kaihiku catchment planting group, 37 people gathered to carry out the job which had originally been slated for April.

About 300 trees were planted of different native varieties, including flax, ribbonwood and cabbage trees.

‘‘The tree planting had been one of the projects planned for the Rotary District 9980 Conference, which was to have been held in Balclutha in April this year, but was cancelled due to Covid-19,’’ Rotary District 9980 governor Tania Lowery said.

‘‘The whole concept of the conference was to have Rotarians out helping community groups, so it is great to have been able to get started at last,’’ Mrs Lowery said.

Rotary donated $2500 to the catchment group, along with a collection of native plants to be used in planting alongside the Waiwera stream.

Catchment group member Sandra Campbell said the efforts were ‘‘definitely a case of ‘many hands make light work’.’’

It was also a ‘‘great day out for a chat and a chance to meet some new people’’.

The stream-side tree-planting project began last winter, Mrs Campbell said.

The catchment group was a branch of the wider Otago South River Care project being led by Clutha Development.

‘‘We have big plans for our wee site.’’

The original intention was the site would be a place for the community to work on a venture together.

‘‘And we want to continue building on our plantings over time.

‘‘I look forward to watching the trees grow and get established.’’