Shakespear Sanctuary is fortunate in having at least two mature patches of bush in Waterfall Gully and Kowhai Glen. However the intention has always been to increase the natural vegetation areas by planting more trees and shrubs. Apart from the initial amenity planting carried out in the 1970’s before the opening of the park, planting has taken place in the wetland area behind Okoromai bay, and three years ago trees were planted in a pasture area leading to Kowhai Glen. Have you walked this track recently and seen the excellent growth of the trees and shrubs planted during the winters of 2010 and 2011?
Last year we planted on slopes facing Tiri Tiri Matangi near a stand of poplars and this year we will be expanding the planting in the same area below where the poplars now grow.
Planting is usually from 10am to 1pm. Follow signs at park entrance to planting site. Wear suitable closed boots and bring gloves and a spade if you have one. (and dress for the weather – this site is exposed to easterlies)