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On Tuesday, the team of eight funded through the Million Metres and Jobs for Nature fund, were planting 1000 plants beside the Gladstone Track at Urquhart's Bay, Lake Hawea, an area the Guardians of Lake Wanaka had recently cleared of exotic weeds.
Project manager Prue Kane said they would be working with community groups from Luggate, Hawea, Cardrona and up to Makarora deciding where best to plant up to 10,000 ecosourced native plants and shrubs.
Team member Emily Wilson, of Wanaka, said she applied for the job because she was passionate about conservation, concerned about water quality and "I wanted to do something that had a positive effect".