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Canterbury couple planting to create nicer public spaces

The O’Grady family are on a restoration mission! Michael relayed “we wanted to restore a run down area as part of giving something back to the area, improving biodiversity and water quality.”

Located in Canterbury, the motivated couple rally volunteers through advertising the project on social media and distributing fliers. This help is alongside Michael's mother and father, who are always called upon for both planting days and maintenance in the Awatea reserve.

After preparing the land, as it was quite overgrown with long grass and low hanging willow branches and blackberry, some planting has already be down and mulch is now down to help control the weeds.

Through Trees That Count, with support from a range of individuals and the Turners Group, the couple have been donated 400 trees so they can continue planting. The hope is that Opawaho Heathcote river will be flushed with natives and that the area will be transformed.

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Project Crimson was originally formed in 1990 to save pōhutukawa and rātā trees, and now is a broad-based conservation charity that manages native tree plantings, climate change initiatives and environmental education throughout New Zealand through our programmes Trees That Count and TREEmendous.


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