Waihi Leader, Tuesday August 22, 2006
Kids dig in to plant forest of the future
WEEDS have been upstaged in the "paddock" next to the Waihi Scout den.
The Waihi First Scouts, Cubs and Keas joined forces with Waihi Walkways this month to plant it with a grove of young trees, specially selected from the HELP (Habitat Enhancement and Landcare Partnership) nursery at Waihi College.
The trees will withstand frosty conditions and grow quite quickly to produce nectar, fruits and seeds for small birds, says Chris Parr of HELP.
As the new habitat is established other trees can be added, nurturing a new stand of native bush.
The Scouts enjoyed learning about the manuka, kanuka and other saplings they planted and the experience will help them gain their conservation badges, said leader Heather Guptill. One of the group was also working toward her photography badge.
Cub Emma Twidle, aged 10, said the planting "made me feel that I was doing something good for the community. And I liked getting dirty".
The Waihi Walkways committee volunteers involved have planted other areas of the Mill Stream Walkway this season, too, says chairwoman Beryl George.
"We have a long term vision of increasing the native bush margin and birdlife and in developing future walkways for all to enjoy."
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