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Motuihe Island Planting – Imogen

30 May 2018 11:59 AM | Deleted user

No rain, just tuatara. Magic!

It was a perfect day for tree planting with the club on stunning Motuihe Island. We had a smooth-as-silk ferry crossing, calm weather,  and a slight overcast to keep the heat down.
    Our group planted a mostly smaller PB3 and PB5 mixture of pohutukawa, kanuka, hebes and flax on a steep part of the island in a slip area below what’s called Bald Nob, at the southern end of this spectacular little island.
    While our group was busy planting, some elected to work in the nursery planting seedlings, while others worked to create a new track. Pretty cool!
    Once all the hard work was done, we all headed back to base at the “wool shed” and scoffed down barbecued sausages.
    After lunch, a lot of us took the opportunity to go for another walk up to what we’re now calling “the Tuatara Track” after we spotted not one, but two tuatara, to everyone’s absolute delight—even with our big group!!!!
    As much as we would have loved to stay, it was a nice stroll back to the ferry, and then the 15-minute express trip back to Devonport.
    It was an excellent day. We hope an even bigger group can join us on our next planting day.

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