Accor Hotels support Wellington planting

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Trees for Survival plantings at two schools in Porirua have been strongly supported by Accor Hotels staff.

At Mana College, Rob Poole and seven volunteers from the Mercure Wellington, along with DoC staff and members of Ngāti Toa iwi, planted 200 trees and sedges along the banks of the Mahinawa Stream, which flows into Porirua Harbour. Plants were supplied by Porirua City Council (which also provided mulch) and by the Jay St Nursery (managed by TfS Wellington Regional Manager, Peter Gilberd).

The stream, which runs along one boundary of the college, is in urgent need of restoration. Encouragingly, an eel was sighted and skinks were also seen along the banks. Afterwards, a generous, healthy and tasty lunch was provided by Rob and his team. The planting was a fantastic success, and a distinct step towards much-needed renewal of the Porirua Inlet.

Phil Hilton and five volunteers from the Novotel Wellington helped Glenview School students plant a wetland area with Carex secta, and also planted trees along a bank on the boundary, a total of 220 plants in all. The Novotel is also supporting a PGU that is now chock-full with seedlings. The Wellington TfS team would like to thank Glenview School for its warm welcome and a traditional Kiwi morning tea afterwards.

Next stop is Epuni Primary School in Lower Hutt, where Colin McClean and staff from the Ibis Wellington will be shortly planting 200 trees along the school boundary, with all the students the taking part.

Rob Poole and 7 volunteers from the Mercure Wellington working with Mana College students

Honorary Field Officers
In the Wairarapa, Warren Field, formerly from DoC, is now helping TfS as an honorary Field Officer. Warren brings an infectious enthusiasm, excellent rapport with students, and immense knowledge; his presence will make a big difference to the programme.

Also supporting TfS as an honorary Field Officer in Wellington city is Rosemary Machin. She has been studying horticulture and has an extensive knowledge of native plants. Rosemary also possesses a truck, which has been extremely helpful for transporting plants from the Jay St Nursery.

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