Wakatipu volunteers flocked to the latest Lake Hayes
planting day on April 28 as part of Project Gold around
Otago. Photo supplied.
Volunteers of all ages took to the track at Lake Hayes to
extend the existing Lake Hayes Project Gold site on a clear and
crisp morning in late April.
The Queenstown Climbing Club started its Project Gold site at
the base of the main Wye Creek climbing wall on the same
Project Gold was a Department of Conservation (Doc) community
planting project which aimed to re-establish kowhai woodlands
Doc community relations ranger Susie Geh said there were 10
active Project Gold sites in the Wakatipu with more than 400
kowhai trees in the ground and associated shrubs at each
site. The sites were spread throughout Queenstown, Arrowtown,
Glenorchy and the Wye Creek area.
The southwest side of the Lake Hayes Track was the first
Project Gold site in the Wakatipu, with a successful launch
back in September 2011. During the weekend 50 kowhai trees
were added to the 150 already there, as well as more than 100
supporting shrub species.
"Doc staff joined with about 15 community members, some as
young as 2 years old, to get the plants into the ground on
the Saturday morning," Ms Geh said.
"The Queenstown Climbing Club planted 36 native trees,
including 10 kowhai.
"A total of 11 club members worked hard for five hours, said
they enjoyed the day."
Project Gold was sponsored by Kiwi Discovery.
If anyone wanted to become involved in the initiative, or
learn more about it, they could contact Susie Geh at the Doc
Wakatipu area office on (03) 442-7933.