COUNCIL chief executive Aileen Lawrie, and parks and reserves team leader Josh Hunter plant fresh greenery outside the Opotiki District Council offices.

OPOTIKI’S central business district was livened up by an Opotiki District Council planting last week.

Most noticeable at the intersection of Church and King streets, many plants were dug-in on Thursday afternoon.

The front of the council offices has also received a touch-up with a dotting of new plants at the hands of chief executive Aileen Lawrie and council staff.

“There’s actually a strategy behind all of this; these plants weren’t just randomly chosen,” she said.

COUNCIL staff enjoy a break after a hard day’s work planting on Church Street. Photos supplied

This was confirmed by parks and reserves team leader Josh Hunter, who both organised the planting and spearheaded it.

Mr Hunter explained that the plants had been specifically chosen based on their sizes, colours and textures.

“New Zealand natives are somewhat lacking in the colour pallet when it comes to plantings,” he said.

“What New Zealand natives do have is a great variety of textures, which makes up for colour.”

Around the town, results of the day’s labour can be seen with more than a dozen varieties of new plants in place.

These include grasses, flaxes, native flowering shrubs and more.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz