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Highfield opens Lily Pond

Posted at 8:59am Monday 11 Jan, 2021

From left, Christine Hannah, John Carr, Steve Cleverly and Peter Caccia-Birch with the carved kauri sign.
From left, Christine Hannah, John Carr, Steve Cleverly and Peter Caccia-Birch with the carved kauri sign.

Peter Caccia-Birch presents the Roberts Memorial Trophy to Jake Littler, who won the 200-metre sprint for primary school aged-children.
Peter Caccia-Birch presents the Roberts Memorial Trophy to Jake Littler, who won the 200-metre sprint for primary school aged-children.

A new 100-metre path planted with 40 native tree species was officially opened at Highfield Garden Reserve in Algies Bay last month.

A large carved kauri slab listing all the species planted along the Lily Pond Track was unveiled by Mahu Community Trading Post chair John Carr and Warkworth Community Shop manager Christine Hannah, both of whose organisations donated funding to the project.

The 500-year-old kauri slab was donated by Peter Caccia-Birch, who manages the Highfield donkeys at the reserve, and inscribed with the tree varieties by Steve Cleverly.

Peter said creating the path, which runs along the southern edge of the parkland, was a 10-year project entirely carried out by volunteers, and there was still some planting to be done.

He thanked the volunteers, funding donors, Auckland Council and Rodney Local Board for their support.

The path opening coincided with the 51st annual Highfield Christmas Donkey Day, where 60 children enjoyed traditional games and races, a barbecue and a visit from Santa.

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