Native Tree Planting – 2013
With a grant from Pub Charities we were able to purchase 550+ trees in June 2013. The project plan was to enhance the number and variety of native trees and at the same time encourage more birds to Aroha Island.
The first big job was collecting all the trees from Plant Production. Thanks to our trustees Anne and Dr Jeremy Gibb and also Sue and Wade Rowsell who spent a very wet Sunday bringing them to the Island.
Time was spent planning the best place for each of the trees to give them the best chance to mature and thrive.
The first trees were planted by our volunteers on Monday 4th June, and planting was completed in the third week in June. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this possible.
The kiwi enjoyed the tree planting too, as there is plenty of loose soil for them and we have lots of new probe holes in the area.
Solar Energy – 2013
We have been heating our water from solar power for some while, but an exciting development in June 2013 was the installation of 26 solar panels on the visitor centre roof, enabling us to generate power from the sun.
A big thank you to ASB Community Trust for the funding provided to enable us to undertake this project. We shall continue to conserve our power and hopefully be able to sell some back to the grid.