Children and trees grow tall together

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STAFF REPORTERS

Ribbonwood, oak and purple flowering plum trees have been planted in Alexandra, ready to grow along with the babies they were planted for.

Seventeen trees were planted on September 19 as part of the Rotary Club of Alexandra initiative “Rotary trees for babies”.

The project is assisted by the Central Otago District Council, Plunket, Asplundh and Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful.

Project convener Karin Bowen said a different site was selected each year and this year’s choice was the verge near The Pines subdivision, opposite the IceInLine skating rink.

“All families receive a certificate and trees have a marker so as the children grow they can revisit ‘their’ tree and know that this tree was planted especially for them,” she said.

“It’s a lovely, heart-warming project to be involved with.”

The club has been running the project since 2006 and 170 trees have been planted.