It was all hands-on deck as the Cromwell community rolled up its sleeves and dug in at the weekend.
The largest community planting event ever seen in Cromwell was held at the weekend (October 8- 9), when over 10,000 native trees and shrubs were planted on the bank above McNulty Inlet.
The Cromwell community rolled up its sleeves and got its hands dirty all in the name of creating a legacy.
Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust plans to plant 10,000 native trees on the shore of Lake Dunstan in Cromwell this weekend, and is inviting residents, whanau groups and community organisations to come and help.
Cromwellians are being invited to get their hands dirty to plant 10,000 trees to kickstart a huge reforestation operation on the shores of Lake Dunstan.
It's the first stage of the Bridge to Bridge planting project that's aiming to put 56,000 native plants in the ground between the Lowburn and Deadman's Point bridges.
It was sad to see this type of behaviour along the lake edge today and highlights the need for better planning/zoning so as to protect people, pets, wildlife & recreational spaces
The first of our Banded Dotterel chicks have hatched along the shoreline of Lake Dunstan, Cromwell. These tiny but quick chicks will be protected by their parents for the next 42-56 days until they are big enough to fly and defend themselves.
To learn more about these birds, visit:
It was great exploring the Feehly Hill planting site out in Arrowtown this weekend and imagining what Central Otago would have looked like before humans.
Many of us believe that the semi-arid landscape we see all around us is what it should be, but surprisingly that's not the case. Kowhai rich Dry woodlands/ grey shrublands would of been common in Cromwell, Bannockburn, Clyde, etc before humans started clearing and modifying the land.
It is vital for us humans to reintroduce these species and ecosystems to the region to prevent further extinction of endemic species and for us to gain more from our time in the outdoors.
To learn more about Wakatipu Reforestation Trust and their planting sites, visit:
Today, Nita & Megan spotted a pair of incredibly camouflaged Banded Dotterels (Charadrius bicinctus) protecting a nest and Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) taking a romantic paddle across the lake