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Three generations of family planting natives for the future

Based in Puketapu Napier, the Ward family are on a mission to create a native sanctuary for their one day retirement home. With intentions to put hives on the property, the Ward’s are eager support bees too. This project is a collaboration, their children and grandchildren are involved, making the planting even more beautiful. 

Over the past couple years effort has been exerted towards stabilising banks on the hillside. A range of natives have gone into the ground from Manuka, Kanuka, Ake ake, Cabbage Trees, Totara, Kahikatea, Kowhai and many many more. Talk about biodiversity! 

The Ward’s have been focused on ensuring each trees’ survival. They’ve found preparation is key. It involves grubbing the ground back to soil the holes dug, watering, using fertiliser and placing matting around the plantings to prevent weed growth. 

Through Z Energy this passionate family received 50 trees to add to their property. The Wards have applied for more trees for 2020, which highlights how truly motivated this family is to create a space flushed with natives. We can all take a leaf out of their book!