The Trust has established an annual planting programme which has seen the planting of over 26,000 trees and plants between 2002 and 2011.
Get involved! Planting days for 2013 are:
Over 50 volunteers helped to plant around 4,000 native plants at last year’s annual planting day (June 2011) at the Bream Head Scenic Reserve. The plantings were mainly of kanuka and manuka on the slopes below the gun emplacements. Pohutukawa were also planted due to the support of Project Crimson.
A new planting project was established in 2011, with the planting of 300 spinifex plants at Smugglers Bay as part of a project to restore the foredunes. Foredunes are the frontline protectors of the beach, and without them our beaches would be severely eroded and sand would continually drift inland.
In early November, 30 Friends of the Bream Head Trust joined a working bee at Smugglers Bay which aimed to manage weed pests (like pampas grass and a large area of an exotic daisy that was growing on the foredunes); fence off more of the foredune to help the recovery of spinifex; and conduct a beach litter clean-up. A special morning tea was held to celebrate the year’s efforts and to say a big “thank you” to volunteers for all the help they have given the Bream Head Trust.
Planting is a key project of the Trust to help the ecological enhancement of the Reserve and provide an opportunity for volunteers to contribute in a meaningful way. The Trust will continue its revegetation efforts at the Busby Head end of the Reserve with planting around the coastal fringe; further restoration work on theSmugglersBayforedunes that extends into the backdunes; and the strategic planting on the banks of streams feeding into the harbour.
This work would not be possible without the valuable support and effort of volunteers. If you would like more information on how to get involved in planting days, please click here.