Hadfield Clearing planting day – Sunday 3 September


Join us to plant a Forest for the Future – a tree for every child in Golden Bay.

The Forest for the Future planting day is being organised by Golden Bay High School students, Forest and Bird, and Project Janszoon.  The groups aim to plant 695 trees at Hadfield Clearing, in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Kahikatea, or white pine, are the giants of the forest and were once found in most of the swampy areas of Nelson and Tasman, but these ecosystems are now very rare.  The kahikatea forest remnant on the Hadfield site is one of the largest stands of this forest type left in the region.

Project Janszoon is enhancing the remaining forest and will restore 25 ha of swamp forest on the Hadfield Clearing river flats. The site has been adopted by Golden Bay High School and students are keen to see as many members of the community as possible involved in this planting day.

Since 2014 over 40,000 flax and trees like manuka have been planted on the site to provide shelter for larger trees. Project Janszoon restoration supervisor Helen Lindsay says now it is time to start putting in some of the larger canopy trees like kahikatea.

Things you should know

  • Planting day is Sunday 3 September commencing at 10am
  • Meet at the gate on the main road to Awaroa estuary (just a few minutes before the estuary carpark)
  • Park near the gate (on side of road) or at the carpark
  • Car pools are available from Takaka if required – meet at 9am at the I-site and let he***@ja******.org know you want a ride
  • Access to the planting site is about 10 minutes walk so bring strong footwear or gumboots
  • Bring a spade if you can (although we will have some there) and lunch if you want
  • Contact he***@ja******.org for further information


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