From Whanganui District Council

Whanganui District Council: Facebook post 20 July 2022

A huge thank you to the almost 50 people who came along to the Castlecliff Coastcare community planting day at Morgan Street last Saturday, 16 July. What a fantastic community turnout! 

Planting native sand binders, spinifex and pingao reduces sand blowing on to Morgan Street and we were thrilled to see that last year’s plants are now well established. The planting days are a joint initiative between Whanganui District Council and Castlecliff Coast Care, beginning last year and set to continue with about 10,000 plants to be planted this winter.

The council is funding half the cost of the plants, plus the establishment fertiliser. Castlecliff Coast Care is receiving $30,000, over three years, from trustees of the Tai Shan Foundation via The Gift Trust, to buy plants for this project and for future projects working with Whanganui Hapū collective, Te Mata Pūau. 

Castlecliff Coast Care is also supported by local firms Four Square Castlecliff and TAHU drinks to provide afternoon tea or a barbeque lunch at the planting days.

Upcoming planting days are aiming to expand the planted areas and establish a further rejuvenation area in a second blowout further north. 

If you’d like to join in with this fantastic initiative, the next opportunity is on Sunday, 14 August from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Morgan Street. Volunteers will walk to the planting area on the foredune. Please come prepared for working on an exposed site. Warm clothes, gardening gloves and a hat are advised, plus solid footwear. Bring your favourite spade too!