Helpers to release trees at Bushy Pt

Otatara Landcare Group volunteers prepare plants for its annual planting day at Bushy Point last year. The group is hoping to release trees this weekend which were planted in September.

THE Otatara Landcare Group is calling for volunteers for its monthly working bee this Sunday.

From 1pm to 3pm, volunteers would release trees planted at Bushy Point in September from competing grass growth.

“If you were involved in our very successful Planting Day in September, this provides a great opportunity to see how the trees you planted are progressing, and give them a helping hand to ensure they can survive – and thrive,” spokesman Douglas Black said.

Appropriate methods for releasing young trees would be demonstrated at the start of the working bee, so no previous experience was necessary.

“In some situations, sharp garden shears may be needed, so please bring a pair if you can. Safety or sunglasses are recommended, and garden gloves will probably be helpful. Sun protection will hopefully be essential.”

Children could play a valuable role in the day too – searching the grass for seedlings which needed help and marking them with coloured tape so adults could quickly locate and release them, Mr Black said.

“This work is surprisingly rewarding, and kids (of all ages) really enjoy the challenge of spotting little tree seedlings well-hidden by choking grass.”

Finding and releasing a tree could take a while, and sometimes as few as six trees could be released in an hour, depending on how overgrown a particular area had become.

“So the more people who come, the more successful our efforts will be, and more trees will be saved from the deadly clutches of their arch-rival, grass.”

  • To find out more, or to register for a date in February, text Douglas Black on 022 104 8661, or email