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Cockle Bay Domain dream becomes reality

The MBM team on planting day

The Cockle Bay Domain Restoration Project covers an area between Pah and John Gill Roads in Cockle Bay, near Howick in Auckland. The approximate five acre block of land has a stream which flows on to Cockle Bay beach, directly affecting the local water quality and life within.

In August 2016 a few locals discussed the Domain's desperate need for restorative planting for biodiversity, water quality and erosion. With support from local Rotary, and over many months, this passionate group of locals managed to enlist Auckland Council's support.

The group worked with Council and developed a plan to restore part of the Domain in winter 2017. The Council recognised the area was very important and funded 95 new trees.

Cockle Bay Domain Restoration Project then received approval from Council's biodiversity team to collect seeds and grow plants for the area which saw local schools become involved. The local playcentre and scouts also assisted in cleaning up the area. Council supplied contractors to spray weeds and remove dangerous trees.

In June 2017 the group contacted Trees That Count to see what help might be available. Fortuitously, Trees That Count had just been approached by their media partner, MBM, who was keen to support a restoration project in the wider Auckland area with approximately 500 trees and volunteers. The fit was perfect.

With funding secured, a meeting was held on site with Trees That Count, Council's Biodiversity Manager, Forest and Bird, the Manukau Beautification Trust and locals. A plan was completed and 48 hours later a comprehensive range of plant species was ordered, dually funded by Council and MBM.

Locals helped prepare the site for the MBM team's volunteer planting day on August 24 2017, which signalled the culmination of a collaborative planning and planting effort between various groups for the greater benefit of the beautiful Cockle Bay Domain and eco system.