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Friends and family welcome at Horoeka Scenic Reserve Family Day

On Sunday 8 March, Horoeka Reserve (in Stokes Valley) will be humming with people of all ages enjoying the Horoeka Reserve Family Day.

Horoeka Scenic Reserve is a natural haven that features walking tracks, picnic spots and its very own fairy village. During the open day, Friends of Horoeka Scenic Reserve have activities planned for all ages with displays, quizzes and children’s challenges, along with a Hutt City Council supported sausage sizzle. This is the ninth year the Family Day event has been held in March.

Pam Cromarty, from Friends of Horoeka Reserve, said the celebration was a chance for all people from across the Hutt Valley area, as well as Stokes Valley locals, to experience the host of natural delights the reserve has to offer.

“The reserve has mature areas of beach and kahikatea bush within, which nestle a wide range of native New Zealand species.

“The Friends of Horoeka is a group of about a dozen volunteers, supported by Hutt City Council’s Parks and Gardens team. We work together on re-vegetation plantings, creating and maintaining walking loops and making the entrance area inviting to all. Local schools join us in our efforts to care for and restore our natural environment.”

Janet Lawson, Reserves Assets Manager at Hutt City Council says “It’s a great example of partnership. We’re happy to support the amazing work the Friends of Horoeka Scenic Reserve do and acknowledge that their drive and passion has made the reserve the stunning place it is for all the community to enjoy.”

For more information about the Horoeka Reserve Family Day or Friends of Horoeka Scenic Reserve, visit the Friends of Horoeka Scenic Reserve Facebook page. If there’s rain on Sunday, the Family Day will be rescheduled to Sunday 15 March.

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