Planting trees can be rewarding for newcomers, a Sinclair Wetlands Trust trustee says.
“We’ve had a few people who’ve never done tree planting before who say ‘Oh, I just didn’t realise how good it makes you feel about yourself’,” Sue Galloway said.
Ms Galloway was commenting on feedback received from the trust’s three “plant and learn” days, which concluded with a final event on Saturday.
Each event involved a talk about conservation followed by tree planting.
They were held in April, June and July.
A scheduled event in May was cancelled due to bad weather.
Saturday’s “plant and learn” day had involved a talk from botanist Peter Johnson about “special swamp plants”, after which about 35 volunteers had planted about 100 native seedlings.
The wetlands included a variety of plants such as flaxes, sedges and coprosma shrubs, Ms Galloway said.
She said events such as the “plant and learn” days were about raising awareness of conservation and habitat-restoration projects.
They also helped to give people useful tree-planting skills.
More planting days would be held once the weather improved.
The Sinclair Wetlands were returned to Ngai Tahu as part of its 1998 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.
Ngai Tahu helps to fund the restoration of the wetlands, led by co-ordinator Glen Riley, along with the Department of Conservation.