Backdrop Trust Update

December 20, 2023

Wilding Pine Eradication

2022This spring has seen considerable progress towards our goal of getting rid of the wilding pines, not only on the Backdrop Trust land, but on as much of the land directly across the harbour from Whitianga township as we can.  While some of this work will be dependant...
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December 15, 2022
It has been a long time coming, but our new irrigation system is finally complete, and just in time for the summer!  The team at the MBET would like to thank everyone who helped us get this up and running, especially to our friends Andrea and Matt from TCDC for showing ...
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The Back Drop Trust Project

August 18, 2022
After a couple of years of working behind the scenes- planning, liaising, organising- it is very exciting to announce the Back Drop Trust Project has reached a significant milestone. As of August 1st 2022, the pine eradication has commenced! Within the same week, MBET has ve...
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Dune Restoration

June 15, 2022
We at MBET have long been supporters and strong advocates for the dune restoration projects that Coastcare undertakes on the Coromandel Peninsula. Coastcare is a collaboration between the Thames Coromandel District Council, and the Waikato Regional Council. They provide plan...
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Autumnal abundance

April 14, 2022
As the summer heat slowly leaves us and the days begin to shorten, the growing plants have been flourishing throughout the early stages of Autumn. With sunny days, cooler nights and dewy mornings, the nursery is a lush panoply of green. Autumn is also the time for many of Ne...
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A large part of what MBET was founded upon and what it continues to stand for is sprouting the minds of the younger generations. Giving them an opportunity to learn, grow, and gain valuable experience within a field that they feel passionate about; environmental conservation...
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March 11, 2022
Many of you will know that the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust grew out of the Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre. When the School closed, we didn't really know what was next, but we did know that we didn’t want the environmental projects, that we had been working on for s...
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Collecting Dune Plant Seeds

February 1, 2022
At this time of the year our thoughts turn to seed collection, and the first group of plants we deal with are those from the sand dunes. We collect seeds from several dune plants but the biggest job is for Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus)....
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New Nursery

January 26, 2022
Ever since we started growing native plants our nursery’s been in my back yard, and over time as we have grown this has become less and less practical.  About 9 months ago we were invited to have a look at a piece of land in town as a possible site for a new nursery.T...
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