A $4000 project to plant more than 2000 species of plants in the sand dunes has been completed after the Papamoa beach side area was damaged by partying youngsters.
The section of dunes just west of Hartford Road in Papamoa is a well-known hangout for youths drinking and burning rubbish, with rusting nails and staples along with glass bottles littering the dunes.
The dunes have also been left damaged by foot traffic and vehicles, and littered with old mattresses.
The Council was informed of the problem in March this year, through complaints of large items left on the beach.
As a result council ordered three beach clean-ups costing a total of $300 each.
In addition a $4000 planting project was undertaken by council, Coast Care and people on community service.
Fencing and signs have also been put up to help protect the plants as it will take them six months for them to establish and 12 months for them to mature.
The council is urging everyone to remember that foot traffic damages the dunes and requests that everyone keep to the official access ways.