A major tree planting event called off because of wet weather is expected to go ahead this weekend.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) cancelled the Athenree event on Sunday but organisers will try again this coming Sunday, the 23rd. An unexpected downpour kept volunteers away from the event which was set to plant 3500 trees donated by Newmont Waihi Gold.
DOC's Community Relations Ranger Pete Huggins said he hoped for finer weather next weekend, and encouraged people to join locals in planting trees from 12pm.
"The ground will be nice and soft following all that rain so we invite people to come down this coming Sunday and lend a hand," Mr Huggins said.
"We need lots of help to plant so many trees. It's a good time of year to visit this thriving wetland and see the spring growth, newly hatched ducklings and other birds. This is a vital habitat for wildlife and we are thrilled to be restoring it with the help of the community."
The event is at the Athenree Wildlife Refuge Reserve on Steele Road between Athenree and Waihi Beach, just off SH2, starting at 12pm on Sunday, September 23.
Volunteers should wear gumboots and bring a spade if they have one.
For more information contact DOC on 07 578 7677 or email email@example.com