Planting for the future

Tuapeka-Clydevale volunteers, including Ashlea Macdonald and Andy Craig (foreground), Danone employees and Clutha Valley School children dug in more than 180 native plants atTuapeka’s ferry-punt last Tuesday.

‘‘It’s a great collaboration for Danone to be supporting with the community,’’ Danone sustainability engineer Kymberly Kennedy said.

Various species of native plants including kowhai, totara and pittosporum were planted to beautify the area and reinforce it in the event of flooding.

‘‘It’s a busy time of year but we’ll always find time to help out in the community, especially when it’s improving our environment,’’ farmer Andy Craig said. He had arrived with his own tools and expertise to help install the new plants and roadside signposts.

Punt operator Tom Jones said Tuapeka had a rich historical heritage, including the rare river crossing, and it was a pleasure to have such strong and dedicated support from local people and organisations. REPORT & PHOTO: NICK BROOK