Volunteers from South Kerikeri Inlet Landcare Group planted 400 native trees on Sunday 3 September in an effort to help restore Edmonds Ruins Historic Reserve.
Funding for the trees was made possible through a partnership between Trees That Count and Z Energy. Over 24 hours on 13 July, Z donated 6 cents from every litre of fuel sold to native tree planting organisation, Trees That Count. This has enabled Trees That Count to assist six groups across New Zealand to plant a total 25,000 native trees. Three of these groups are in Northland.
Edmonds Ruins Historic Reserve in Kerikeri holds significant historical value and is in need of further ecological restoration. Work has been done by South Kerikeri Landcare Group to clear some of the dead trees on an incredibly weedy site to allow replanting in that area, and down to the adjacent wetland. The group is receiving a total of 1,500 trees from the Trees That Count and Z partnership. A further 100 will be planted over the next month and then 1,000 will be planted in 2018.
South Kerikeri Inlet Landcare Group is a local conservation group, established in 2014. Initially the group was focused on predator control to help protect Kiwi, and have successfully trapped more than 2,500 rats, possums and mustelids. Restoration planting is now being managed by the committed volunteer group, who by the end of 2017 will have planted more than 2,000 trees in the Kerikeri area.
“The projects we’re supporting through our partnership with Z have been selected by Trees That Count based on their urgent need for native plantings, and each group’s proven commitment to plant and maintain the sites.
“We are proud to play a part in supporting the great work that community conservation groups do every year. Planting a native tree is something every Kiwi can do to help mitigate climate change,” Trees That Count Project Director, Tanya Hart said.
South Kerikeri Inlet Landcare Group spokesman, Mike Thompson said “Every small conservation effort counts to restoring our natural environment. We’re really grateful to Trees That Count and Z for helping us to achieve some of our conservation goals earlier than we would have otherwise. These trees will go a long way towards restoring the native forest in that area. We had a wonderful planting day, where twenty plus volunteers had all the plants (26 species) in the ground before midday.”