Sycamore removal funds

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Bike Methven has received $10,000 from the Waitaha Action to Impact Fund to help with a rejuvenation project at the Mt Hutt Forest Bike Park.

The money will go towards the eradication of wilding sycamores and for re-planting with natives endemic to the Mt Hutt area.

The Waitaha fund aims to build community engagement and action for a better environment in the Canterbury region.

The bike park has over 40km of cross country, downhill and single track trails and includes a family-friendly cross country loop, double-black diamond technical descents and climbs.

Bike Methven spokesperson Clare Harden said the new funding would help with sycamore removal around the cross-country track.

“This is an area that we are keen to get on top of and to develop back into native bush.”

She said Bike Methven had a good relationship with neighbours of the bike park and wanted to stop seed spread.

“We see this project giving benefit to the park and the community.

“We will also be looking for other funding to try and complete the project this year,” Mrs Harden said.

The total cost of the removal is around $50,000.

Bike Methven is being supported with funding from Environment Canterbury, project partner Godfrey Pest Management and with the support of Sir Graeme Harrison and the Mt Hutt Adventure Park.