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Trees to mark coronation

About 100,000 trees will be planted across the nation to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

In Wairarapa, trees will be planted at Sparks Park, Lake Domain Reserve, and Queen Elizabeth Park to mark the occasion.

In a statement, Masterton District Council [MDC] said a totara will be planted at 10am behind the grandstand in Queen Elizabeth Park, close to the two ceremonial oaks planted by HM King Charles III’s grandfather – who was then the Duke of York and later became George VI – and uncle – the Prince of Wales – in 1920 and 1927, respectively.

“The location is also within sight of the totora planted after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

King Charles also attended a tree-planting ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Park during a tour of Australia and New Zealand with then-wife Princess Diana in 1983.

Carterton District Council [CDC] said a plaque will be unveiled at the Sparks Park ceremony – which starts at 9am on Belvedere Rd, and the tree will be planted by long-serving Carterton councillor Bill Knowles.

“A light morning tea will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony. Attendees will be gifted a Totara sapling as a commemorative gift to mark the occasion,” CDC said.

South Wairarapa’s tree planting ceremony will be held at Wairarapa Moana’s Lake Domain Reserve in Featherston – at the end of Soldiers Settlement Rd South – at 2pm.

GPS details of the plantings nationwide will be added to a webpage created after the events, so the public will be able to find the King’s trees.

Grace Prior
Grace Prior
Grace Prior is a senior reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with a keen interest in environmental issues. Grace is the paper’s health reporter and regularly covers the rural sector, weather, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and coastal stories.

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