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Working bees planned for two environmental projects

April 4th, 2014
[by David Armstrong]

Those wanting to help make our environment more attractive get their chance to help at two Keep Motueka Beautiful working bees coming up soon.

Autumn is a good time for planting, and these two improvement and restoration projects are ready for their next steps.

The first will be held on Saturday 12th April from 9am to noon, when another section of the Wharf Road causeway bank will be planted with native shrubs and grasses.

KMB's supervisor for this partly-done project, Isobel Mosley says Department of Corrections workers will already have done the hard work of digging the holes, so planting will not be an arduous task.

Those wanting to contribute should meet at the west (High Street) end of the causeway walkway, just east of the roundabout. There is parking nearby. As usual, tools will be provided but you can ring your own spade if you prefer.

The other project ready for the next set of planting is the Tapu Bay restoration. (See our earlier story and map here - the area to be planted is the northernmost one.)

There will be two planting bees - on Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th May, from 10am to 4pm - at the Turner's Bluff sand dune/sandspit (1km south of Tapu Bay settlement, on the Riwaka-Kaiteriteri road, as shown on the map).

Native plants are being restored in this section of the Abel Tasman coastline, which is directly visible from the road. The cycle trail goes right past the site, and there is parking alongside the section of boardwalk just before the Turners Bluff roadworks.

Project manager Paul Mosley says they have several thousand native shrubs and grasses ready to plant, and the ground has been cleared and is easy to work.

Refreshments (soft drinks and fruit) will be provided, as well as tools. For further details, contact Paul at 528-9599.


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