The Lions are leaving a legacy on the Nelson landscape.
To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the Nelson Host Lions Club is creating a Woodland Park at Marsden Cemetery as a community project to be enjoyed by generations to come.
The club has previously signed a memorandum of understanding with Nelson City Council to turn hillside land at the end of Marsden Cemetery into a public Woodland Park.
Club project convenor Don Kelly said he was thrilled that the project is now under way after a long period of preparation and planning.
He said a member of the club, Sally Mason, came up with the idea for a park and after discussing it the club agreed it was a most suitable project to undertake.
“The people of Nelson have a great love of trees and we want to now add more so that future generations can enjoy these too.” She quotes a proverb which reminds members of their goal. ”
“The meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you never expect to sit.”
She says the council had been very supportive and has agreed to the club using the land for this project for the next 25 years.
The finished park will include landscaping, seating, and about 150 – 200 trees, planted over a two to three-year period by club members and supporters from the Marsden Valley community.
The club will plant mostly heritage trees in the park and it will include pathways meandering through them.
At a function to mark the signing of the memorandum of understanding with the couincil, councillor Gaile Noonan said the project was “an amazing thing to do” and she loved the fact the initiative came from the community.
“It’s owned by the community and I’m all for that.”