Plantings to mark Arbor Day

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NZ Arbor Day will be marked in Oamaru tomorrow with two plantings of fruit, nut and native trees.

The planting of the trees, which were bought with funds raised from the Rattling Rocks Dance Party at Duntroon in March, will take place at Casa Nova and Holmes Hill parks.

One of the organisers, Sophia Leon de la Barra, said having the first planting of fruit, nut and native trees on Arbor Day would be special.

She said everyone was invited to attend the event, which would be part of a larger project to create an Oamaru Food Forest with edible fruit and nut trees in parks around the town.

“I think it is really important that we have fruit and nuts available to everbody in accessible places, as they are not something everybody can afford.”

The Waitaki District Council had been helping with the initiative to plant the trees in public places and parks around the area, she said.

They will begin by planting 10 trees each, including feijoa, apricot and walnut trees, in 10 parks around Oamaru.

World Environment Day is also being held tomorrow and an international company, EarthCheck, which helps business and organisations make tourism initiatives more sustainable, will be adopting and naming a blue penguin from Oamaru.

The penguin, which will be the company’s mascot, will be named in a competition which ends tomorrow.

The NZ Arbor Day plantings will be held at Casa Nova Park, which will include a wheelbarrow race at 3.30pm and at Holmes Hill Park at 5pm on Thursday, June 5.

Donations for more trees can be made at www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/1889 or in person at Birdlands Wine Co. and Harbour St Bakery.

By RUBY HARFIELD