Help grow Lions Tree Grove at TECT Park

The helpers at Lions Tree Grove invites Bay residents to get involved in upcoming work. File photo/SunLive.

Bay of Plenty residents are invited to muck in and help out with planting trees at Lions Tree Grove at the TECT All Terrain Park.

Since September 2012 thousands of native trees have been planted in a 2.4ha area of the park that was once exotic pine forest.

Known as ‘Lions Tree Grove’, the area has been developed with walking tracks and park benches by Lions Clubs in and around the BOP, with financial help from charitable trusts.

The aim is for future generations to enjoy the native fauna and flora with the wildlife that it attracts.

According to volunteer Trev Hawkins, more than 120 trees were planted “in fine spirits with plenty of banter and social interaction” by 12 helpers aged from four to the oldest above 80, on April 23.

“One of our numbers rode the ride-on mower to bring the grassed picnic area up to enjoyable standard and then tackled re-staining of the first side of the shed.

“What makes the plantings so much easier is that we dig the holes a week before! Then on the actual planting day we go equipped with spades, fertiliser tablets and plastic bags to gather the empty pots so the work is fun and enjoyable.”

Trev wants to thank Matariki Te Rakau for sponsoring the trees the group has been planting.

Further activity is planned for this Saturday, May 7, with planting of more than 200 trees through Lions Tree Grove.  

To get involved, contact Trev on 0272926009.

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