A few months ago I participated in a tree planting event (act number 47), where a thousand volunteers planted 30,000 native trees and bushes. That is an annual event. Throughout the rest of the year, a group of volunteers meet on a regular basis (some weekly, some monthly) to tend to the plants; making sure they survive and carrying out general conservation work.
Yesterday, I joined that group and spent a half-day ‘releasing’ plants (making sure they are not being overwhelmed by grasses or weeds), which was fun and I actually learnt a lot (for example, I learned how to flatten grass surrounding a plant in a circular motion, which then creates a layer of mulch and prevents more weeds from growing around the plants).
I also found something amazing – as I was walking through a swampy patch, I saw a pukeko fly away and then a few moments later found a nest with about 12 eggs in it!