Green-fingered kids help preserve sand dunes

10 May 2018

New Plymouth District schoolkids are doubling their efforts to curb erosion with a bumper NPDC coastal planting programme this year.

About 315 children from local schools will help put 25,000 sand dune plants into the ground from Urenui to Oakura in May and June.

This compares with about 12,000 plants last year. The plants bind the sand so it can resist erosion by wind and waves. 

“We have a lot of schools and community groups wanting to be involved in greening their communities and learning about our constantly changing coastal environment,” said NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. 

“It’s been a great success for at least 20 years now and some of the outstanding plantings, such as the Oakura Motor Camp frontage and Messenger Terrace, look amazing.” 

At least six schools are taking part with community groups in plantings at seven sites across the district this year.  
Schools are welcome to contact NPDC if they want to be involved in future plantings. They can email or call 06-759 6060. 
Ella Bolger and her Oakura School classmates doing their bit at tataraimaka