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A native walkway though waste land adjacent to the Waikari’s Village Green has been given a hand up.
The Waikari Volunteer Fire Brigade has been awarded $1500 from the MainPower Hurunui Natural Environment Fund to fund two stages of native plantings over two years and building two walkway bridges.
Members of the brigade, local contractors and the Waikari School have worked on clearing unwanted trees and rubbish in a gully.
The walkway path has been dug out and some natives planted, with the fire brigade spending about $1000 on native plantings.
The Waikari School with the help of Jamie McFadden of Hurunui Native Plant Nursery has also been involved in the project which the brigade has committed to maintaining.
The Cheviot Golf Club has also been awarded $1500 to help re-establish native bush, shrubland and riparian plantings on the banks ofthe Crystal Brook waterway.
Planting and maintenance will be done by volunteers with Hurunui Natives offering its expertise to layout and plant at no cost.
The site, which is in a disturbed and modified state due to the recent harvest of forestry, has been cleaned up. The plantings will create a diverse mix of native vegetation that will act as a seed source for further natural spread of native vegetation.
On-going weed control will be done, pest issues monitored and plantings irrigated if necessary in dry times.
The Port Robinson Reserve Board has been awarded $7000 to protect work already done at the reserve to give regeneration a fighting chance.
The funds will be used to eradicate wilding pines as soon as a contractor is available and over the next 12 months it is proposed to poison trees, cut down wilding pines and do aerial spraying.