The last four months have seen changes and activities at the Lions Tree Grove, situated at TECT All Terrain Park between Rotorua and Tauranga on Highway 36 up on the Mamaku Plateau, 20 minutes from Rotorua and 25 minutes from Tauranga.
Late November saw the contractors start on the sealing of 80 per cent of the tracks. This came about after funds were raised through partners other than Lions and as a committee we are eternally grateful for this support.
The sealing finished at the beginning of December and has moved this heritage project more than one stage further. The majority of trees planted over the years have survived and flourished, but like all plantings we have lost some to conditions and nature; animals haven’t been a great concern so we cannot blame them for tree loses. The bird and insect life is ever increasing over the planted area and this is a joy when weeding takes place.
The second “Music under the Trees” concert was held in March. The weather wasn’t good at all during the week leading up to the concert and even on the day was threatening during the early morning, but the sun came out and we enjoyed a hot sunny afternoon under the trees listening to the Rotorua Symphonic band. The numbers attending were swelled by members of a Camper Van rally who stayed on to enjoy the music, so the sausage sizzle, raffle and koha all benefitted from the increased numbers.
At 202L’s recent convention the Lions Tree Grove was awarded the District Environmental Award for the second year running.
Above: Music under the trees.
Left: Lions and camper vanners.
In this area the Himalayan honeysuckle is a real nuisance and is an ongoing challenge so the committee has set aside Sunday 3 May for a concentrated effort on this pesky plant. If you are able to join us be at the TECT Park information kiosk at 10am, equipped with loppers, secateurs, spades or grubbers. The committee will supply a sausage sizzle lunch with tea or coffee.