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Published: 2007-07-18 00:00:00

Three thousand native plants and shrubs will be planted at Lake Cameron at Rukuhia, south of Hamilton, this Saturday.

Everyone is welcome to help the Lake Cameron Care Group and volunteers plant the trees, which have been donated by the Honda Tree Fund and Waipa District Council.

Planting will start at 8.30am and will be followed by a barbecue and refreshments supplied by Ingham Honda.

Environment Waikato sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty said the trees would help to stabilise soil, filter water running into the lake and improve biodiversity.

“Please join us if you have an interest in environmental restoration – this is a great opportunity to get into the outdoors and make a positive difference in the Waikato,” Mr Tikkisetty said.

Honda New Zealand funds 10 native trees for every new car it sells in New Zealand.

Environment Waikato helps by distributing the trees to community groups and organising planting days.

Environment Waikato’s environment committee chairman Paula Southgate will accept a cheque from the Honda Tree Fund on behalf of the council at 11am.

Anyone interested in helping with the planting day is asked to bring gumboots, a raincoat and a planting spade.