Community planting day planned for Motu Dunes Trail

 The spectacular Dunes Trail, part of the Motu Trails Cycleway in the Bay of Plenty, is offering a wonderful opportunity to bring together recreation, environmental restoration and the community, in a planting project with the Project Crimson Trust. The planting day on 8 June will celebrate the region’s cycling heritage and one of its most outstanding landscapes and in the future these plantings will provide view point focus for trail users.

The project is modeled on the Living Legends project which Project Crimson managed. Living Legends was a community conservation project that was set up in 2011 to celebrate and leave a legacy of New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 thousands of Kiwis helped to plant 170,000 native trees at planting events all around the country. Motu Trails is the first of the Great Rides, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, to roll out this initiative with Project Crimson.

The planting is being hosted by the Motu Trails Charitable Trust in partnership with Project Crimson, Opotiki District Council, Environment Bay of Plenty, Whakatohea Maori Trust Board and the Department of Conservation. Additional sponsorship has been provided from Fonterra and Coastlands Nursery.

Project Crimson Project Co-ordinator Gordon Hosking is ecstatic with the level of support from the local government agencies and funding providers. “Over $16,000 has been raised through funding applications and generous local contributions such as Coastlands Nursery. The project will involve planting 5,000 plants on Department of Conservation land between the Wairakaia Road access point and wetland area leading up to a spectacular viewpoint. A small rest area is proposed with a seating platform and interpretation board on the viewpoint."

Details: 8th June 9am – 12pm followed by a barbeque for the planters at noon.

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More details will be provided over the coming months.

For more information about the Dunes Trail see