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Trees Aid Funding For CHB Sports Turf

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A seed of an idea planted more than a quarter of a century ago will soon pay dividends for the Central Hawke’s Bay community.

The Tukituki Trails at the end of Ford Rd in Waipukurau will be closed off for up to a month from this week, as 2.5ha of pine trees owned by the Waipukurau Rotary Club on Hawke’s Bay Regional council-owned land are felled.

But club president Pat Portas said the minor inconvenience of the milling operation would be more than offset by the long-term benefits for the community.

He revealed the bulk of the proceeds from the sale of the timber would go towards a “five figure” donation to the $1.5 million multi-sports turf currently under construction on the other side of the river at Russell Park.

Photo: Pat Portas, Andrew Watts and John Marshall with some of the pines that will be felled to raise money for the $1.5 million multi-sports turf under construction at Russell Park. Photo / Warren Buckland

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Posted: 13 May 2018

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