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More than 150 volunteers in the Bay of Plenty are celebrating a milestone today after the one millionth plant was planted in the dunes at Mount Maunganui.
Coast Care is celebrating the significant efforts put in by volunteers to plant one million plants in the last 19 years with an event opposite 50 Marine Parade on Sunday.
The one millionth plant was planted by Arataki Girl Guide leader Hayley Laban after her name was pulled out as the lucky volunteer to help place the one millionth plant in the ground.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council land management officer Amy Greaves says more than 150 volunteers took turns to plant a handful of plants on the dunes along Marine Parade today.
Among the volunteers were Mount, Papamoa and Arataki Girl Guides who have been involved in Coast Care programme’s planting days for more than 10 years.
Coast Carers from around the region joined in and the public was invited to bring along a spade and join them too. Some volunteers travelled from outside the Bay of Plenty especially to take part in the special planting day.
The Coast Care programme is a community partnership programme where volunteers work together to re-establish the function of local beaches and dunes by undertaking planting and restoration work.
Amy says the four goals of the planting days are to raise awareness about dunes, involve local communities in coastal management, protect and restore biodiversity and maximise dune resilience to coastal hazards. She says volunteers in the Bay work tirelessly to replant dunes with native plants, and fence off sensitive areas from stock, pedestrians and vehicles.
Article by www.sunlive.co.nz - Photo by Sunlive Photographer Zoe Hunter
Central North Zone
Here are some photo's of the The Regional Water Fun day that was run by The Bay of Plenty outdoor team, at the start of May.
The Girls had 3hours of sailing and 3hrs of windsurfing each. Equipment and instructors were provided by The Tauranga Yacht club. This was an amazing day that all the girls relay enjoyed, even tho they were facing some challenging weather conditions they all did really well.
Tauranga Rangers fairies for a day
For our Term 1 - 2 Ghallenge and for Girl Guide Action Month, Tauranga rangers entered a local 9k walking event to raise money for the Lion Foundation. They did this in their uniform dressed as fairies and had a wonderful time.
Their efforts were rewarded by winning best dressed team, and they were a very good advert for girl guiding in general as they were talking and chatting to everyone they came in contact with.
Outdoor Co-ordinator - Bay of Plenty Region
What has Bay of Plenty been up to in 2013?
Why not tell us what you have been doing in your unit so far this year?
I know you have been out camping, doing Community Service and generally having a lot of GirlGuiding Adventures - lets show everyone what we have been doing!
Forward any stories or photos on to your Leader, District Co-ordinator, Regional Co-ordinator or the Central North Zone Office so they can be published here.