Native trees planted

at Wither Hills for Matariki

Thousands of native trees are being planted at the foot of Marlborough’s Wither Hills to celebrate this year’s Matariki.

Hundreds of kids from 17 schools in the region would take part in the two-day community tree-planting project at the Wither Hills Farm Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Around 3000 native tress would be planted on the one hectare farm, and students from Witherlea School, Redwoodtown School and Marlborough Girls College were there for a couple of hours on Tuesday morning to plant the first 400 in an area which only had a handful of pre-existing cabbage trees.

Landscape Marlborough contractor Steve Dower showed the students how to properly plant a tree, and said a lot of the trees being planted were totara, but other native species such as kōwhai and kaikomako, which translated to “food for the korimako/bellbird” were also in the mix.

Link to video and article: Native trees planted at Wither Hills for Matariki | Stuff.co.nz


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