The Landcare community groups – which do work such as planting, fencing, and animal and plant pest control – are a significant force for good in the region.
A recent report said their numbers had swollen to 45 since the first Waikato one got going more than 20 years ago. Over one year, it was estimated that 12 groups alone did more than 13,000 unpaid hours worth around $170,000. They put in more than 22,000 plants, more than 4km of fences and more than 9,000 hectares of animal pest control
The Landcare networking field day – to be held on Thursday, April 11, from 9.15am – will give various groups an opportunity to discuss current issues and share information. The event will start at the Tauhei Marae at Pukemokemoke Reserve, near Gordonton.
After the field day there is an option for an overnight stay at the marae to look at the nocturnal activities of certain pests, as well as to attend other planned events.
For further information, contact Bala Tikkisetty at Waikato Regional Council on freephone 0800 800 401 or Nardene Berry, NZ Landcare Trust, on 07 859 3725. They can also provide directions to the field day.