Volunteers needed to plant trees

A new section of a local cycle track is opening near Albert town and community members are being called upon to plant native trees on site to help celebrate the event this Saturday and, as a result, help clean up local waterways.

Sustainable Coastlines, a charity that helps local communities clean up waterways, is teaming up with the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust to encourage volunteers to help with the plantings around a new section of the cycle track at Cameron Creek, which joins the Cardrona River at Albert Town. The Cameron Creek Track will become part of the ‘Great Ride’ track and will enable people to cycle from Cromwell to Wānaka.

“There has perhaps never been a greater need for action on carbon sequestration and progress for sustainable transport,” said Sustainable Coastlines co-founder Sam Judd. 

“We know that people are starting to care more and more about water quality each year,” said Judd, former Young New Zealander of the Year. “So, it’s great to see people coming together for a true collaboration to muck in and actually do something about it with their hands.”

Judd said they are hoping to activate more than 70 people to engage in the ‘much-needed’ activity. 

Sustainable Coastlines is running this as part of the wrap up to the ANZ Love Your Water Tour 2019, which will see more than 60,000 native plants and trees planted throughout ten regions of New Zealand.

Saturday’s planting day and celebration will be located at the bottom of Monteith Road off the Albert Town-Lake Hāwea Road from 1:30pm until 4pm followed by light refreshments from 4pm until 5:30pm. Prizes will be on hand for giveaways, and guests need to register their attendance at sustainablecoastlines.org/event/cardrona-planting.


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