Last week was Conservation Week in New Zealand and community groups all across the country took part in various initiatives to “show New Zealand how much they love it”!
On Friday, a group of WWF’ers threw on their outdoor gear and rolled up their sleeves to help out at a local conservation project that WWF has helped fund. Five of the WWF panda crew headed to Newlands where we spent the morning planting native plants in the Kentwood Drive Reserve. Peter Gillberd, the project manager provided us with everything we needed – plants, spades, organic compost. All we needed to bring was our rain gear, our gum boots (rubber boots), and our beanies (toques)!
The weather was relatively decent and luckily held off until the afternoon. The ground was a fiesta of rocks ad clay but we managed to put 91 trees in the ground. Not quite the equivalent to my old planting days but hey – different soil, different trees, different story. Besides, it was nice to just get out of the office and give a little bit back to the local community.