The gloves were on, shovels were out and a hard day’s work was had on Sunday 24 September as the community gathered for the Drury planting day.
Nature enthusiasts far and wide, were being encouraged to do their bit for the environment at a tree planting day in South Auckland over the election-weekend.
Over two thousand trees will be planted that Sunday on the banks of the Pahurehure Inlet as part of an initiative coordinated by the developers of the new masterplanned community Auranga and delivered by the Sustainable Coastlines charitable trust.
A variety of species including flax, cabbage trees and manuka are expected to planted over a 2,500m2 area adjacent to Drury Creek and Ngakoroa Stream.
A smaller scale student planting day took place the Friday where 200 trees were expected to be planted in the area by students from the Park Estate School in Papakura.
Both events follow another Auranga backed project in March this year when a public clean-up of the waterways resulted in 15,611 of rubbish being pulled from the inlet including 910 plastic bottles, 670 food wrappers and 110 items of clothing/shoes.
Auranga’s Managing Director Charles Ma says with 1,350 homes and a new village centre planned as part of the first stage of the development its committed long-term to achieving the best possible outcome for the area, and this includes doing what it can to improve the waterways.