Roadside wildlife haven in city’s heart
A small patch along the footpath of Richmond Rd has been buzzing with wildlife thanks to the efforts of a bunch of ‘‘berm bombing’’ residents.
The berm-planting movement was introduced to the Grey Lynn suburb by transition town group Grey Lynn 2030 a few years ago as a way to create continuous ‘‘bio-corridors’’ and encourage community interaction.
Green-fingered Grey Lynn resident Barbara Grace volunteered her berm in 2010 when the group was scouting for people to get involved.
She has been maintaining it ever since.
‘‘I’m quite happy to do it, I think of it as mine now and I’ve kind of forgotten it’s not.’’
A group got together to help prepare the soil and it was soon filled with selfseeding flora like borage and swan plants to attract bees and butterflies as well as rosemary, thyme and parsley.
People will stop by to pick seeds and herbs while children watch the butterflies, she says.
Ms Grace would like to see more people plant out their berms.
‘‘It’s not just the planting – it’s people getting out from behind their gates and reclaiming the space.
‘‘People interact with it – I like that aspect.’’
The group did not seek permission from the council before planting began but Ms Grace says she has not received any negative feedback. ‘‘As long as you look after it and bear in mind sight lines so people can see buses and cars there shouldn’t be any problems.’’
Work is under way along the footpaths of a handful of Grey Lynn streets to create similar spaces, Grey Lynn 2030 committee member Suzanne Kendrick says.
Ms Kendrick is now preparing her own berm for planting.
Berm bomb: Green-fingered Grey Lynn resident Barbara Grace would like to see more people plant out their berm with herbs and plants like the one in front of her home.