Northern News : November 9th 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS EDUCATION TRUSTS Simon Dominick Lawyer & Director Your grandson is a bright cookie. Let's make sure there's more in the jar for his future. The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz 3646016AP Home D cor At Clearance Prices Vases, wall art, lamps, mirrors, throws, occasional furniture and much more! by the Warehouse, Waipapa T: 09 407 9270 Mon-Fri 10-5pm Sat & Sun 10-2pm easy living homestore RUTH GRANT FINANCIAL SERVICES • Business & Personal Insurance Solutions • Mortgage Planning Phone 09 407 8125 021 285 8759 firstname.lastname@example.org www.herinsurance.co.nz Green vision for Twin Coast Cycle Trail Nature trail: Far North District Council technical officer Andrew Young and Work and Income regional industry partnership adviser Treina Chaplin inspect a bush-clad section of the cycle trail. Lush corridor: Visiting cyclists will soon enjoy the results of a huge planting effort under way along the new Twin Coast Cycle Trail. ' We realised we had an opportunity to enrich the cyclist's experience by developing the trail as a biodiversity corridor. ' Adrienne Tari Cycle trail co-ordinator Imagine cycling along a sun-dappled country path lined with lush native bush. Bees gather pollen from manuka flowers, fantails flit around you and a tui sings in the branches above. You feel relaxed and at one with nature. That was the dream a group of visionary people in Kaikohe had when they started planning the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail three years ago. Today they are well on the way to making that dream a reality, thanks to a $40,000 Commun- ityCare Fund grant obtained from Tran- spower in March 2010. The community has used the grant to plant more than 6000 native trees and shrubs along the Okaihau to Kaikohe section of the 85km trail which the Far North Dis- trict Council is develop- ing with a $4 million gov- ernment grant. The group plans to cre- ate a coast-to-coast biodiversity corridor by planting more trees and shrubs as new sections of the trail are developed. Cycle trail co- ordinator Adrienne Tari says protecting and enhancing the trail s biodiversity values has added another value dimension to the trail. When we started this project, we saw the trail mainly offering rec- reational and economic benefits. But then we realised we had an opportunity to enrich the cyclist s experience by developing the trail as a biodiversity corridor that connected bush remnants on farmland along the trail. Adrienne is impressed by the way the com- munity has embraced the project. Heritage Kaikohe members have played a pivotal role in developing the biodiversity corridor, raising native seedlings in a greenhouse at the Pioneer Village. They ve demonstrated that heritage protection isn t just about pre- serving old buildings and artefacts. It s also about looking after the natural environment for future generations. Staff and volunteers spent countless hours collecting native seedlings from the trail before Community Max workers began clearing scrub. These will have a bet- ter chance of survival if wegrowthemonina greenhouse and trans- plant them at the trail when they are big enough to withstand damage from pests and cyclists. Other plants have been donated or sourced from native plant whole- salers. Once word got out, farmers brought in native plants from their paddocks. The response has been amazing. Waimate North botan- ist Justin Blaikie has also been a key player, giving his time to under- take an ecological audit of the trail. Thanks to Justin, we know which areas of the trial have high biodiversity values that need preserving. Mr Blakie spent time educating Community Max workers about plant species along the trail, pointing out which plants were native so they only removed exotic weeds. We wanted our workers to look back on their cycle trail job as an educational experience. He also helped to organ- ise community planting days on the trail, ensur- ing that native trees and shrubs were planted in areas most suitable for optimum growth. We re trying to get the community to value the trail and feel a duty of care towards it. The council is grateful to Transpower for helping to make the biodiversity corridor project possible. We didn t just spend Transpower s money. We invested it in an asset that has the potential to heal nature, create jobs and keep people fit and happy. We think that s money well-spent.
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