Arbor Day Inspires Tree Planting

4 June 2013

Tomorrow marks Arbor Day - an annual event celebrating the start of the winter tree-planting season, which aims to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Children planting at Orua Iti Reserve.

Planting at Seatoun’s Orua Iti Reserve

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Ian Galloway Park, an important ‘green link’ between Otari-Wilton’s Bush and Zealandia, is the focus of this year’s Arbor Day planting by the City Council, Zealandia and schools.

Around 540 children from Churton Park School and Northland School will plant 3,000 hardy native trees near the BMX track on the park’s lower level.

Council Park Ranger Brian Thomas says Ian Galloway Park is on the flight path for birds between Otari and Zealandia, and planting trees along that corridor will provide an additional food source.

“Planting native trees is a great way to support our native birdlife. So we’re planting in a particular area and also encouraging Wellingtonians to plant native trees in their backyards this Arbor Day.”

Brian says another great way to do your bit is to join or establish a community planting group.

To find out more about how to do this, or for details about which native plants are suitable for Wellington conditions, see:

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Keeping with the green theme, tomorrow is also World Environment Day. As the name suggests, it’s a day to promote global action on the many environmental issues we face.So take action and put those green thumbs to use.