Over three days from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July, Sustainable Coastlines teamed-up with student group SIFE Waikato for a huge tree planting effort around Lake Okoroire — a site of top-ten ecological significance in the South Waikato. 25 volunteers came together to plant 3,200 native trees around the small lake: a good start to the 20,000 plants that eventually will surround this site.
So why is this different from other volunteer planting days? This lake and the land surrounding it are on private farmland. This activity was just one part of an ambitious new project — The Ripple Effect — that aims to link volunteer hours with farmers in the Waikato, joining forces to fence, weed and plant out riparian strips on their land and improve water quality for all. The project will also help to improve native biodiversity and encourage the return of native birds and frogs to the region.
If you’d like to take part in an event like this, contact us today.