Tamahere Gully Care is taking a field trip this Sunday to nearby Lake Serpentine or Rotopiko, the latest area to be enclosed by a predator-proof fence.
The fence around the Waipa district lake was completed in June and the purpose of the field trip will be to plant in the newly protected area.
“We will be planting inside the fence to bulk up the existing kahikatea stand so please bring your spade,” said organiser Jan Simmons of the September 1 outing.
The group will also take a walk around the lakeside boardwalk to view wetland vegetation in the area that ultimately will also be home to the National Wetland Trust, which plans to build a state-of-art interpretation centre on the site, including research and educational facilities, wetland gardens and heritage trails.
Simmons says people travelling from Tamahere on Sunday can carpool from the Tamahere Community Nursery, leaving there at 1.15 pm. Others may want to make their way direct. Rotopiko is on State Highway 3, five minutes south of Ohaupo. Drive inside the road gate to the predator proof fence. Meeting time on site is 1.30 pm.