A key driver for the Trust is attempting to increase the less than 1% of indigenous vegetation remaining on the Canterbury Plains. The ‘green dot’ project is an attempt to identify and establish a corridor of plantings and build community awareness of plains biodiversity.
‘Greendots’ refer to a managed native planting on either public or private land supported by Te Ara Kākāriki in conjunction with landowners and other organisations.
Greendot assistance for landowners
Applications for 2022 planting assistance are open until May 30th 2021.
We will assess these in June 2021.
Successful applicants can receive:
- A restoration plan written by an ecologist including a plant list unique to their site
- Volunteers to plant up to 1000 plants in Spring
- A small amount of funding towards plants and plant guards
The theory behind our goals:
The Greendot philosophy is based on research by Meurk and Hall (2006) that examined the possibilities of integrating forest ecosystems into exotic dominated urban and rural landscapes. It concluded that using a greenspace planning option of patches and linear linked native plantings (at approximately 5 km spacings) could improve biodiversity and would not be incompatible with landuse and economic constraints in these managed landscapes. Further research by Lincoln University masters student Catriona Blum identified an optimum corridor within the Selwyn District in close proximity to the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River.
Sites are selected considering the following criteria:
- Location: Proximity to the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River and to other sites (approximately 5kms)*
- Size: Ability to contain a 1100m2 planting plot (initially-& with potential for larger area)**
- Shape: A site with maximum core area to edge ratio
- Landowners: Proactive and willing landowner (including signing MoU for site maintenance and protection)
- Protection: Ability and/or willingness to provide enduring protection of the plantings (via management agreement)
- Plants: Ability and/or willingness to use geographically/eco-sourced plants (Rangitata-Port Hills-Hurunui) and sequester carbon/establish biomass
Greendot mapping to date: click on the map for an interactive version
Each site is contributed to by a variety of organizations, of which we have assisted 104 Greendots to date. The size of the dots is not representative of the actual size of the restoration site. The real area covered is much smaller.
* with potential to saturate all intervening land with seed from the bird dispersed trees and shrubs, as fruit eating birds are known to disperse seed at least 2.5 km (Meurk & Hall 2006) & and according to optimum soils/pathway (Blum 2007)
** the minimum size required and optimum shape to encourage bird habitat and dispersal (Meurk & Hall 2006)