Whangārei Intermediate School pupils plant 600 trees

Published on 25 May 2022

A picture of Whangārei Intermediate School pupils after planting trees.

In May 2022, Whangārei Intermediate School pupils pitched in to plant 600 trees in the cleared area around the revamped Abbey Caves parking area.

Matariki Tu Rakau (part of the One Billion Tree Programme) volunteers and Council have partnered up to plant 8000 trees on the land behind the toilets and over the maunga behind, said Matariki Tu Rakau’s Laura Welsby.

It is part of a swathe of improvements to the destination sparked by Tourism Infrastructure Funding in 2021, and culminating in a new toilet block recently painted by artist Melinda Butt.

Prior to the design work for the parking area, crossing and toilet block, fire swept through regenerating native bush and mountain bike tracks that then needed to be reinstated.

Abbey Caves

The improvements, along with the planting, were designed to fit and repair the changes to the area following the fire.

“It has been a real community effort with lots of different groups pitching in to help repair the area and make the most of the improvements. The Whangārei Intermediate School pupils did an awesome job,” said Laura.