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After some 11,000 plants have been put in the ground the project, set up to provide restoration planting for the early stages of Te Ara Piko Pathway, has finished. Because of the scale of the planting, it was decided that the most efficient way to provide plants of the right size was to establish a restoration nursery and use that to source smaller plants and grow them on locally before planting along Te Ara Piko. The Nursery Project Manager, Rotarian Peter Jackson, commented that in excess of 420 person hours were used over the life of the project and when he asked for volunteers for any aspect of the work he always had more than the minimum number required for the work plan. It was a project that caught the imagination, not only of members of Plimmerton Rotary, but also that of others in the community including teams from Corrections. Conservation Department funding contributed significantly to the purchase of plants across the project.

Peter Jackson also commented that some of the planting was pretty challenging, in particular around Ration Point where a lot of weeding and mulching was required to achieve a good strike rate from the planting.

While this project is complete there is still more planting needed on the recently completed section of Te Ara Piko around the Kakaho Reserve. To meet consent conditions, Porirua City has completed a comprehensive planting plan for this area including the placement of around 1000 plants, so the teams of hi-viz planters will continue to be seen along the Pathway for some time yet. Additional helpers are always very welcome on these planting occasions and details of when and where are available on the Plimmerton Rotary website.

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