Greytown trail users urged to lend a hand this Arbor Day

Last updated 13:43 29/06/2011
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TRAIL LOVERS: Admiring the new Traill near Cotter St entranceeare Jenny Tosswill, Gerad Taylor, Bruce Eglinton, Councillor Viv Napier, Max Taylor, Bob Tosswill, Margaret Cole and John Gray.

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Organisers are hoping to see the future users of the Greytown Trail  walkers, cyclists, pram pushers and families  down at the site for an Arbor Day planting this weekend.

"After many months of behind-the-scenes work with a small group of volunteers, we'd like to see the wider community getting involved and seeing for themselves the progress we've made," said Gerad Taylor, chairman of the Greytown Trails Trust.

The first 500 metres of the trail has recently been laid with 300 tonnes of crushed pit-metal by John Gray and Pope & Gray Ltd, major sponsors of the project.

"This will be an ideal surface for all users," says Mr Taylor, "and the work that's already been done near the entrance gives people a good idea of what the rest of the trail will look like."

Kuranui College horticulture students got the ball rolling last year with a large planting near the entrance. The Greytown Community Board has donated $250 for plants for the event, and the trust is still gratefully receiving flaxes and grasses from the community for the extensive beautification work yet to be done.

Those interested in helping need to bring a trowel or spade and some muscle power, says Mr Taylor. "And if you've still got some energy by the afternoon, the Greytown Lions are having a planting at their trail off Udy St at 1pm, so we are aiming to support them too," says Taylor.

A website for the trail is being developed: trails.greytown.co.nz, and those wishing to join the Friends of the Trail or find out about plantings can email: anne@geradtaylor.com.

Greytown Trail Arbour Day planting, Cotter St, Greytown, Sunday, July 3, from 10am.

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