Posted by Dave Comparini on Sep 16, 2018
Tree planting Project 16 September 2018
Clubs around the World have embraced 2017-18 world president Ian Risley’s call for Rotarians to plant 1 tree for every Rotarian in the world.
Searching began for a suitable site in May 2018 with the objective of planting 500 trees in the Hutt Valley. We wanted the site to be as close as practicable to our Rotary home at Avalon Park.  Many sites were looked at and finally a site was negotiated with the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Ideally we wanted to join up with a partner school or college for them to share the planting experience and learn about the planting of trees and the important role they play in our lives.  We were pleased when Naenae College joined us in the project.  Our ongoing support and relationship with the college over many years was further enhanced by working together in the planting Project.
The day was fine and mild and 30 people were inducted by Wellington Regional Council Staff on the method and stages of planting.  Work teams sorted out the diggers and finishers.  There was a constant buss of chatter while we worked and in 2.5 hours all the trees were in the ground ready for mulching.
Rotarians and students can look back on the area in years to come and reflect on a great day's planting.  The success of the combined effort was outstanding.
Special thanks to Mary Sheridan, Naenae College, who took up the challenge and was always there to lead and help.  Travis Moody from Regional Council was also excellent giving support and encouragement in making the day a success.  And to all those delightful helpers, thank you!