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A native planting venture at St Bathans is part one of a two-part project, those behind the initiative say.

A group of St Bathans residents recently planted more than 150 trees and shrubs at the St Bathans Domain to enhance the area, group member Alison Fitzgerald said.

The working bee would be followed by “stage two” of the project later this year, when more native trees and shrubs would be planted.

Ms Fitzgerald said the domain had proved a “very challenging” place in which to get plants to grow, and the group hoped that with irrigation and plant protection from wind and rabbits, the trees would have a good chance of survival.

The project aimed to reintroduce native bush to the area to encourage more native birds and provide a natural shelter for campers at the domain, she said.

The native tree planting initiative had been supported by TreesThatCount, Mackies Nursery and Contact Energy.