• VIDEO: Public Planting day Attracts Crowds to Help Clean Up the Karamū Stream

VIDEO: Public Planting day Attracts Crowds to Help Clean Up the Karamū Stream

Crowds of enthusiastic planters, keen to help clean up the Karamu Stream, got digging at the joint Hawke's Bay Regional Council & Bostock New Zealand’s public planting day.

About 100 people turned out to the event, which is one of the first of a handful of public planting days this year in Hawke’s Bay. 

Bostock New Zealand Owner John Bostock says it was amazing to see so many volunteer planters. 

“It was great to see families and their children turning up with their spades and gumboots and volunteering their time so willingly.”

“The Karamu Restoration Project is an opportunity for us to help clean up the Karamu Stream and already we are seeing fabulous growth from the native plants we planted three years ago, when we started it.”

Bostock New Zealand is working with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, paying for all the fencing and land preparation on the land owned by the council and the Regional Council is paying for the native plants.

The planting consists of a variety of natives including Kahikatea, Totara, Manuka, Cabbage Trees and Harakeke.

“We prepared the land using organic methods such as wood chip mulch and natural seaweed fertiliser.”

“From the crowd we attracted on Saturday, it was very clear to see that there is an appetite in the community for planting. People want to volunteer and help and it was great to be able to give the public the opportunity to help plant.”

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