Forest planting commemorates newborns

Registrations are now open for Papakura Children's Forest planting day.

Registrations are now open for Papakura Children's Forest planting day.

Commemorative planting is marking the birth of new family members. 

Whanau who have welcomed a new child to their family in the past year are invited to commemorate the birth by planting a tree in the Papakura Children's Forest in Red Hill. 

The annual tradition has been running since 1985. The concept was started by former Papakura Mayor and current local board member George Hawkins.

"It's great to see it still going after all these years and in recent times we have even had second generations of families planting trees in the forest," Hawkins says. 

He says for families who plant a tree in honour of their children, it is a special and permanent reminder of that child's roots to Papakura.

"Even if they move out of the area, the forest is a reminder of where they were born and a place they can always come back to visit, so a part of them is always in Papakura."

The Papakura Local Board has supported the event for the past five years as part of its volunteer planting programme.

Families are asked to register their interest by Wednesday, May 31, so that organisers know how many trees will be needed.

*Go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Papakura to download the form, or email kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz (please include Children's Forest registration in subject line). Forms are also available from the Papakura Service Centre, 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura.This year's planting takes place on Saturday, June 10, from 10am to 12pm.

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