The Christchurch Adventure Park will mark this year’s Arbor Day with a fundraising dinner to aid the replanting of parts of the forest that were destroyed in last year’s Port Hills fires.
Arbor Day has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1977 on 5 June, which is also World Environment Day, and Christchurch Adventure Park General Manager Anne Newman said the day has taken on a new significance for the Park.
“When you are an operation based in a forest, and huge sections of that forest are suddenly no longer there, you really grow a new appreciation for what those trees offer! The 2017 fires have forever changed the landscape here, but we are determined to do our bit to ensure that this beautiful area of Christchurch becomes better than ever in the future.
“That is where the idea for the ‘Treemendous Dinner Party’ comes in. It is a corporate fundraising dinner with all funds raised going to Te Tapuwae o Rakau Trust so that they can source native seedlings to plant in areas of the forest that the fires destroyed,” Ms Newman said.
The Te Tapuwae o Rakau Trust (The Tree Footprints Trust) was launched on 1 September 2017 with a planting of a tōtara tree at the Christchurch Adventure Park. The Trust has been established to develop and implement a structured approach to replanting trees on the Port Hills.
The Treemendous Dinner will take place on the Friday following Arbor Day – Friday 8 June – at the Handle Bar and Café in the Park. Local musician, Lindon Puffin, will perform and MC the event, and Cassels and Sons Brewing Company will unveil a brand new beer on the night, brewed especially for the Christchurch Adventure Park.