Saturday, 16 January 2021


Community responds to “Adopt a Tray” appeal

The Mercury Bay Environmental Trust would like to give a huge thumbs up to the Mercury Bay community.

Just over a week after a call went out via The Informer for people willing to “adopt” a tray of sand dune plants, all the plants ready for this initiative had gone to new homes.  

“The reason behind the request was to free up some space in our nursery to allow us to grow more plants,” says trustee, Kim Lawry.

“Not only do we now have almost 80 trays out in the community, but several people have told us they have lots of space and would be able to look several more trays if we wanted. This opens up the possibility that we will grow many more sand dune plants and expand the ‘Adopt a Tray’ programme in the future.”

The plants forming part of the initiative are knobby club rush, a mid-dune plant that is easy to grow and easy to care for.

“We will monitor the success of the programme, but we expect that the willingness of the community to look after plants for us will allow us to target 250 trays this time next year and that represents 10,000 plants,” says Kim. “Anyone who is interested in the programme but didn’t get one or more trays this time, please still get in touch with us. There will be more trays available in the spring and we would also like to continue to build a database for next year.”

Most of the trays went to Whitianga, with a small number also going to Kuaotunu, Cooks Beach and Hahei.

Pictured: Alicia Lose (left) of the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust handing a few trays to Cooks Beach resident, Jacqui Maria.


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