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Published: 2003-12-22 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is to help re-forest an area of Hot Water Beach’s reserve.

The Council has given $6000 toward a re-forestation programme for a three acre block of scrub and gorse which links the DoC reserve with mature bush above and around Hot Water Beach.

The area is currently subject to slips and erosion and the Hot Water Beach Reserve Management Group plans to plant a variety of native trees to recreate the original coastal broadleaf forest. The plantings will also protect the watershed area for the sand dunes and beach below, as well as improving the view from the beach. The area will be fenced off from stock.

Strategic Development Manager Kevin Collins said improving habitat for native species and preventing coastal erosion was a priority. The project includes local schools doing the planting and maintenance and iwi, and on-going maintenance was assured through Thames-Coromandel District Council.