If, in the middle of a short, cold, wet day you find yourself day-dreaming about pohutukawa blossom covering our coast at the height of summer, you are about to get a chance to turn that daydream into reality.
26/05/2014 3:30 p.m.
We are once again giving away 1,200 young Pohutukawa and 300 Kauri trees, free to keen growers.
This is the fourth year in the programmes 24 year history that a variety of other plant species are available for residents of the Whangarei District to collect from Pohutukawa Coast Co-ordinators.
These include 400 Northland Hebe, 300 Flax, 500 Kowhai, 140 Puriri, 140 Titoki, 150 Coprosma sp. and 200 Pseudopanax sp.
Pohutukawa Coast was originally set up in 1991 to help re-establish young Pohutukawa trees along our coastline.
Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Manager Paul McDonald said the young trees and shrubs have been grown especially by Tawapou Coastal Native Nurseries at Tutukaka and will be available again this growing season. This will bring the total number of trees distributed since the project began to 53,960.
“Be in quick because there is a limited supply of plants,” Mr McDonald said.
“There is a limit of two plants per ratepayer or Whangarei District resident to ensure they are distributed evenly. If you represent a large community group you can leave your contact details and if plants remain at the completion of the programme then more plants can be made available to you.”
Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Department and the Northern Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Society will assist with the distribution of the trees and shrubs, as they have done in the past.
If you would like to take part in this exciting project, please contact one of the coordinators listed below from 5 June onwards and arrange to pick up your free trees.
City dwellers and people living in the north of the District
Contact Botanica Whangarei in First Ave between 10am and 4pm 7 days on 09 430 4200 extension 8738 or 027 477 0518.
Tutukaka Coast residents
Pick up trees from Tawapou Coastal Natives Nursery on 09 434 3971.
Pick up trees from Nola McCullough on 09 432 8332.
People living to the north-east and in Whangarei Heads
Pick them up from Alan Willis and Rona Mahy-Willis on 09 436 2808.
Whangarei District Council would once again like to thank everyone who has made this year’s pohutukawa, kauri and shrub planting possible.
Special recognition goes to the volunteer distributors who provide this valuable service for the community year after year.