Get your shovels ready
The Aongatete Forest Project are asking for volunteers to help get some plants in the ground next Saturday, June 27.
The re-vegetation of the paddock has been on the wish-list for a while, says a project spokesperson.
“The soil finally has enough moisture, so it's shovel ready!”
The group have been busy on a ‘post-lockdown rat-baiting bonanza’ during early June, with a great turnout of helpers.
“So for a change of pace from pest control, help us get some plants in the ground. Bring your favourite spade, gloves and green thumbs if you've got 'em. Morning tea will be supplied.”
The first stage of the restoration has a deep band of flax, toetoe, maire tawake and ti kouka - cabbage tree - going in directly behind the flash new fence.
Helpers are asked to meet at Aongatete Forest, by the carpark at the top of Wright Rd in Katikati at 8.30am on Saturday June 27.
“We'd like to acknowledge the generosity of Katikati Lions, whose funding enabled us to purchase the plants.
“If the weather is truly awful, we will postpone.”
The Western Bay Museum in Katikati has a display of the work of the Aongatete Forest Project for Predator Free BOP that was put together by Emma Cronin.
Museum Manager Paula Gaelic shows the Aongatete Forest Project interactive exhibition