7th April, five of us went to Glentui to plant native tree seedlings. Mainly these are Karamu (Coprosma robusta), Flax (Phormium) , Kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium) and Manatu (Plagianthus regius). We also had to spray our invasive gorse which is everywhere on the land.
Right: we spray the gorse, an invasive plant.
It was a really sunny and hot day. As we came to the retreat land and opened the hut we started with the 16th Karmapa meditation as we always do before work. We dug, planted and watered around 45 trees in the Mahakala forest in the left corner near the entrance at the edge of the land. We also planted a cabbage tree (tī kōuka in Maori) by the Hut.
Right: a Freshly planted tree, – Kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium)
We attempted to go to Glentui previous Saturday but the car started to do strange sounds so we had to come back to Christchurch -better than getting stuck on the dirty road to Glentui
We want to plant all the small trees, grasses and bushes we have in the wee shadehouse at the center before winter comes. See you there next weekend!
Right: the site after planting
Bottom: Glentui panorama