Author Phillip Reidy
On Monday a team from Plimmerton Rotary carried out further planting on Te Ara Piko. This involved planting some 600 plants between the Pathway and the road at Ration Point and was no mean task considering how hard and dry the ground was.
The plants were provided by Kiwi Plants in Stokes Valley and were homed briefly at the Rotary Restoration Nursery in Pauatahanui before being planted out.
While enjoying a well-earned tea break one of the many users that morning stopped to talk with the planting team. Helen and border collie, Sparky are regular uses of the Pathway and in Helen’s words “this is our favourite place in the world!” Living in Whitby makes access to the Pathway easy and safe for Helen and Sparky who use it to maintain fitness for both of them.
Helen’s comments provided a real incentive for the planting team with the balance of the planting completed together with weeding of some of the existing plantings undertaken with even more enthusiasm than usual.
Planting around Te Ara Piko is being undertaken by a team from Plimmerton Rotary to not only mitigate any impact on vegetation due to the Pathway construction but also to improve the environment through which the Pathway meanders. This Pauatahanui Inlet improvement programme sources plants from local suppliers with in many instances the plants being grown on in the purpose built restoration nursery operated by Plimmerton Rotary.