Many Hands Make Light Work – Tree Planting at Ambury Farm
Sunday June 20th 2021 saw the first Tree Planting Day at Ambury Regional Park for the winter. Despite a poor weather forecast the more than 100 volunteers were treated to yet another sunny Auckland morning.
Plenty of preparatory work had occurred over the previous weeks. Regular visitors to Ambury would have seen and heard contractors clearing dead trees from the area in focus for this Working Bee – the Beehive Planting Area, with Te Pane o Mataoho – our magnificent maunga – in the background. The ever industrious Ambury Crew also had prepared spades, gloves and water along with, of course, plenty of seedlings for us to pop in the ground.
Volunteers of all ages worked under the watchful eye of Ranger Shannon and his crew until all the seedlings were firmly entrenched in the soil and then given a helpful boost with mulch from the contractors’ clearing work.
The saying is “many hands make light work“. This was indeed confirmed as midday approached and our work was done for the day (an hour earlier than accounted for)! The helpers on the BBQ were nevertheless ready and willing to feed the volunteers some well-earned and yummy snarlers & fruit.
Some of us learnt for the first time what mulch is good for. Some were at their first ever tree planting day. But all left with that sense of community spirit these events promote. Over the coming years, we can look over at the Beehive Planting Area beaming with pride as we watch our seedlings grow taller into trees, providing shelter and food for wildlife, promoting carbon sequestration, biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.
There are more Tree Planting Days planned this winter (and most winters) at Ambury Regional Park and around the Southern Regional Parks. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar and/or keep an eye on Auckland Council’s OurAuckland website,