A Rocha Manawatū have a plant propagation nursery at Longburn, which they have fitted out with shade houses and an automatic watering system thanks to generous donations. As well as growing from seed, they receive seedlings of native plants from people’s gardens and sections in Palmerston North to pot on. There are usually over 4000 plants in the nursery at any one time. Many of them belong to Pit Park, which is an old quarry area in Palmerston North city that has been transformed from a very barren grassy wasteland into a beautiful public place. It is estimated that over the 13 years they have been operating they have pumped out something over 30,000 locally grown seedlings planted back in the environment. Read more here.

A Rocha Manawatū meets at 1.30pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at the nursery at Longburn for planting and general maintenance. They also sometimes go out locally to source native seeds and seedlings. Anyone wishing to visit or help out, please email manawatu@arocha.org to confirm details.