Getting back to nature – a chance to dig

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Photo: Bill Thomas and Janine Holland on a section of the river trail from the Ashburton River bridge to Lake Hood.

The river trail dips and curves from the Ashburton River bridge to Lake Hood, and now members of the public can help to make it yet more beautiful.

Hundreds of native plants are waiting to be planted along the track on Sunday, October 15, and workers will be rewarded with a barbecue and the knowledge they have contributed.

Members of the Ashburton Water Zone Committee will be on hand to hear your ideas about what can be done to improve recreation values in the district – and those who can’t make it to the planting day can pass on ideas by emailing Olivia Smith at olivia.smith@ecan.govt.nz.

All you need is a love of nature, sturdy footwear and gloves, great ideas, and an appetite.

Water zone committee chairman Bill Thomas said a lot of work had already gone into clearing sections of the track, and the zone committee, a joint committee of the Ashburton council and ECan, was working with the Ashburton council, the public and community groups on the project.

“It’s about being practical; we want to do something. It’s for all age groups.”

Janine Holland, of ECan, said said there were 350 natives to be planted in an area in which planting has already started.

She said the planting day was also an opportunity for the zone committee to get feedback on recreation values.

Over the past two years field staff had cleared an area between Melrose Road (Ashburton) and Lake Hood of old man’s beard and planted 4000 poplars and 1200 willows.

Planting day:

Sunday, October 15, from 1pm to 3pm.

Meet at car park at the end of Boundary Road, off Grahams Road, for a briefing before heading to two planting sites.