Date: 10 August 2012
It may have been a wet winter for much of Northland, but on the morning of 4 August 2012, the sun shone on some 50 volunteers who set about planting 1800 trees.
Volunteers planting native trees at Uretiti
The community conservation project Living Legends is seeking to plant trees across the country, looking at getting a massive 45,000 trees in the ground over the next 30 days.
In Northland, volunteers along with Living Legends and Department of Conservation (DOC) staff gathered at the Uretiti Rest Area on the Bream Bay coast to do their bit. The strip of land being planted lies between the DOC Uretiti campground and State Highway 1.
An area that was previously filled with gorse, wattle, and ginger was being transformed by cabbage trees, karo, pohutukawa and flax. The task was big, but volunteers ranging in age from children to those of a grander vintage worked hard to dig holes, apply fertiliser and place the trees into their new home.
Along with community groups such as the Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust, Forest & Bird, and local Lions Clubs, individual volunteers and members from the Dera Sacha Sauda organisation worked through the morning before stopping to have a drink, something to eat, play games and relax. Rugby Legend Richie Guy joined the planters and helped to ensure that all the trees were successfully put into the ground before lunchtime.
This planting continued work started last year, and the site will again be planted with trees next year.