The Whareroa Guardians volunteer group have thanked the Lion Foundation for an $8000 grant which will provide 2,000 more plants for the Ramaroa Wetland in 2018.
The Guardians say they will plant mainly swamp plants with dry foot plants on the sides of the gully.
They are monitoring survival this hot summer to help with choices for next year - on the slopes where the terrain is dry and exposed. They say sadly, they have lost a number of this year’s plants but have been able to water some extra special ones like the Rhabdothamnos in the Dell and totara.
Meanwhile DOC rangers have cleared the large blackberry infestation near Matai Bush above the group’s plantings, to be followed with spraying as it regrows.
DOC volunteers cleared access paths through the patch in Upper Dell to allow spraying. When clear the big totara will be much more accessible. They say at the moment fire risk is high.