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Clifton County Cricket Club and Cape to City to host community planting day

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If you’re keen to do some digging for conservation, the Clifton County Cricket Club has just the opportunity.

The Club will be hosting a community planting day on Sunday 24 July in partnership with Hawke’s Bay’s Cape to City project. Spot prizes, a barbeque, and light refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

The planting of native shrubs and trees begins at 10:00 a.m. at the cricket club’s pavilion, located near Te Awanga. There will be 1,300 plants at this event representing about twenty different restoration species, including flaxes, kowhai, and cabbage trees.

The wetland and riparian master plan for the cricket club was designed by William Murphy, director of the Clifton-based Pollen Workshop Landscape Architecture and Design. “It’s not all about cricket!” says Mr. Murphy. “We as a club provide a community hub for families to get together in a fantastic environmental setting. The development of the wetlands and native plantings allows people the chance to be involved in creating a spectacular environment and the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful landscape with the community.”

Cape to City is honoured to be a partner of the cricket club’s annual planting day. The event is one of a number of projects that will help encourage awareness of the project and develop relationships between the many people and organisations involved.

Cape to City began in 2015 as a collaboration between Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Landcare Research and The Cape Sanctuary under the Hawke’s Bay Regional Biodiversity Strategy. The initiative’s mission is to see “Native species thrive where we live, work and play” on 26,000 ha of land between Hastings, Waimarama, and Cape Kidnappers.

“Cape to City is about how people make a difference for our environment,” says Campbell Leckie, Cape to City project chair and Land Services Manager for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  “A planting day really showcases this, with volunteers able to come back to the planting and share with their family or whānau in years to come.”

The club is grateful for the funding assistance it has received from the Department of Conservation Community Fund for this planting.

2 September 2019

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