Plantout Tour Highlights from April 9th

Starting a native planting project on your farm is a lot easier with the right advice and support from the community. Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust hosted our annual Plantout tour on Sunday April 9th in two locations across the Selwyn District with a growing number of interested people.

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Start a Native Greendot

Te Ara Kakariki is still taking in applications from the Hororata Catchment area for our greendot programme. Please contact us for an application form: office@kakariki.org.nz

We are funded to come out for a site visit, write a restoration plan, provide advice, take in applications for contestable funding for plants and combi guards, and organize volunteers to help you plant in Spring.

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Stackwoods Bend Crowdfunder Success

Thank you everyone who supported our first ever crowd funding campaign for this Stackwoods Bend restoration project. We raised $9,000 with all of your support. We will now commence in rainy Spring, as it turns out the summer has been too dry for an Autumn plantout at this site, and we want to ensure high survival rates, which students will be monitoring too.

The goal of this project is to restore a small portion of the Halswell / Huritini River along the stretch on Old Tai Tapu Road, locally known as ‘Stackwoods Bend’, which is very visible to people passing by.

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Remedial work to come for Port Hills

Port hills image during the fire period. Image from Suff

There have been many discussions amongst local councils and ecologists about how to remediate the burnt hills, what to do now, and what to do later. A big concern is the risk of erosion from the first rains we get causing sedimentation in our streams. We are also aware that bare soil without management can bring on a large flux of broom and gorse for example; unwanted, non-native, fire hungry species. Te Ara Kākāriki is continuing to be part of the conversation and there will be a public talk coming up soon, so watch out for it.
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160 volunteers cheerfully planted 3,020 native plants

The Canterbury Plantout on September 3rd 2017 was a beautiful sunny day. 160 volunteers cheerfully planted 3,020 native plants

planting Devine Smiths 02Volunteers arrived at Ararira Wetland/Yarrs Flat on the shore of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.  This is a Department of Conservation (DOC) Wildlife Reserve and a small part of it, previously used for grazing, is now the focus of a restoration planting project. The Plantout event was supported by Living Water, a partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation, which is working to improve biodiversity and water quality in five significant dairying regions across New Zealand.

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