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Inlet Walkway beauty enhanced by plot adoption scheme

April 22nd, 2010
By Ann Fisk

The Inlet Walkway 'Adopt-a-Plot' scheme set up by Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) has blossomed, with all 23 plots now adopted and two new ones being prepared for Correction Services groups.

The area being planted and cared for by Motueka people is at the northern end of the walkway, off Old Wharf Road. Until a few years ago, it had been a gorse-infected sawdust dump.

With the help of local Corrections Services groups, KMB members and friends, the area was cleared, paths constructed, seats installed and over 4000 trees and shrubs planted.

With the task of caring for the large area too great for KMB members alone, Bob Cooke came up with the idea of dividing it into plots and inviting members of the community to adopt a plot.

To date 23 plots have been adopted by individuals, families and community groups. Largely through grants from Tasman District Council, KMB purchases plants and fertilisers. Contractors turn over and mulch new plots, leaving adoptive gardeners to clear weeds, fertilise and water their own plots.

The next stage of the development involves a huge number of extra plants - 2500 more for each present plot.

At this week's committee meeting, KMB members discussed another new development, which will see Correction Services groups take care of two further plots to be developed, each of which will also be planted with 2500 trees and shrubs.

Reports from Corrections indicates that their workers really appreciate being involved, creating something of benefit to other Motueka people.

Once all plants are put in, the Inlet Walkway and its surrounds will be an area of even greater beauty and a credit to the community. The maze of tracks will give more opportunities for walks of short and long lengths.

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