Thousands of native plants ready

Plants for good: Erica Smith with a landowner picking up native plants.

Farmers and community groups are adding thousands of plants to streams and rivers throughout Hawke’s Bay this winter.

This year Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has more than 55,000 plants available through its riparian planting scheme, which encourages farmers to retire and/or plant stream margins with native plants that would have naturally grown there in the past.

HBRC’s land management team coordinates the orders, making this more cost effective operation for farmers and enhancement projects than single orders would be.

Around 12,000 native plants are heading to farms across the region, while the Cape to City Project will use around 32,000 at Maraetotara.  That planting will be carried out in conjunction with Hohepa Homes the Maraetotara Tree Trust and Habitat BPN.

A further 8000 plants are destined for the Karamu Stream.

HBRC’s Open Spaces team will use around 3200 for community plantings throughout the region during the coming winter months.

HBRC Riparian Planting Scheme coordinator Erica Smith said this year there had been a larger uptake in Central Hawke’s Bay with many farmers saying they were undertaking planting as part of their farm environment management plans, which are required by many farmers under the Tukituki Plan, by the end of May next year. - Hawke's Bay Regional Council