Community planting for Conservation Week - 17th Sep 2010

Tree manoeuvring with the help of the Otago Polytechnic

Thoughtplanters take part in Conservation Week 2010

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and this week [September, 12-19] is Conservation Week here in New Zealand. Thoughtplanters marked the event by planting a Southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellate) in a Dunedin park.

It was a relatively large tree and required the help of several students from the Otago Polytechnic Arboricultural course to help manoeuvre it into place.

The small suburban park has several other native trees and plants growing in it and it is hoped that it may become a urban ‘stepping stone’ for many of the native birds in the near by Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

“The planting is part of our community involvement and commitment to the environment,” said Mark Roberts of thoughtplanters.

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