On Sunday, 2 October, a total of approximately twenty volunteers from the Amenities Society, the Town Belt Kaitiaki group and associated guests, met at the Market Reserve on the corner of Princes Street and Manor Place to commence the planting of 100 young Rhododendron plants in the various border beds of the Reserve.

The weather was cool and slightly overcast with sunny spells; perfect weather for planting.

After a short demonstration on what to do by experienced nurseryman, Collin McBeath, the group set out enthusiastically and planted the rhododendrons at pre-marked locations in the beds.

With the good turn-out, the planting was completed in about one and a half hours, at the conclusion of which, we enjoyed a well-earned get-together over tea and coffee, with scones and biscuits.

All the rhododendrons planted on this occasion were donated by the Dunedin Amenities Society.

Our thanks go to all those keen volunteers who turned up and did all the hard work planting, and especially to Grant Motion who proposed the idea and also to Robin Hyndman, our president, who liaised with the Dunedin City Council in obtaining the necessary permission for carrying out the planting. Also a very special thanks to Colin McBeath for giving us his time and the benefit of his experience with planting tips.

Following are some photos of the activities:

Colin McBeath giving tips on planting
Planting under the flowering cherry trees along Princes Street frontage
Many hands make light work
Refreshments after all the hard work