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Last modified: 18 Aug 2020 8:30am

Poster image with young man planting a tree and a logo of a hand drawn tree with the words put down your roots in Selwyn

Newcomers to Selwyn are being invited to join longer-term residents to literally put down roots in the district.

A planting day is being held at Chamberlains Ford Recreation Reserve on Sunday 6 September 9.30am–12pm where Selwyn residents are invited to put down their roots by planting a native tree.

There are 1000 trees to be planted on the day, with people encouraged to bring families and leave their mark on the Selwyn landscape for good.

The aim is to give newcomers to Selwyn an opportunity to increase their bond with their new home, by symbolically and physically putting down roots. It is also about building community; bringing together newer residents with those who have been here for a longer time, to meet, mix and connect, Council Group Manager Community Services and Facilities, Denise Kidd says.

“In the same way as plants get nourishment from the soil through their roots and go on to grow, thrive and spread, Council wants people to stay here, put down roots and improve Selwyn, for now and into the future.”

Selwyn is one of nine councils recognised as Welcoming Communities under the Immigration New Zealand Welcoming Communities programme, which recognises and supports work by councils to help newcomers feel welcome and build connections.