Community planting day for gateway to Pouakai Crossing

A call has gone out for people to help plant close to 3000 native ferns, shrubs and trees in a Taranaki car park this weekend.

Taranaki Conservationists and NPDC are teaming up for a planting day this Saturday at the car park at the Mangorei Rd gateway to the Pouakai Crossing.

Landscaping is still taking place around the car park, which was finished in February, and the native trees, shrubs and ferns have been chosen because they suit the mountain environment.

NPDC group manager strategy Liam Hodgetts said anyone wanting to help make the world-class walk a little greener this Saturday is welcome to help.

“NPDC is giving about 2700 plants to the project and it’s a great way for people to do their bit in building a lifestyle capital,” he said.

“The car park is a key facility for one of our premier tourist attractions, the Pouakai Crossing, and it’s expected to be well-used by people entering from the Mangorei Track. 

“It’s also part of Tapuae Roa, Taranaki’s economic development strategy.”

The whole family is welcome to come along at 9.30am to help out.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and be prepared for any sort of weather.

PHOTO CAPTION: NPDC open space planner Sam Mortensen prepares to put down roots at the Mangorei Road car park.