Plant­ing for our fu­ture


Ever-in­creas­ing threats to the unique Cen­tral Otago land­scape and na­tive wildlife have spurred some com­mu­nity mem­bers into ac­tion.

Keep Alexan­dra Clyde Beau­ti­ful and the Clyde Rail­head Com­mu­nity Eco-Nurs­ery are two or­gan­i­sa­tions try­ing to en­cour­age na­tive birds and an­i­mals back into the re­gion.

Both groups held plant­ing days at Look­out Re­serve in Alexan­dra and at Kori­mako Cor­ner off Spring­vale Rd and State High­way 8 near Clyde on April 22 and 23, with about 100 peo­ple in­volved.

Keep Alexan­dra Clyde Beau­ti­ful com­mit­tee mem­ber and pro­ject leader Bev­er­ley Thom­son said the un­der­ly­ing rea­son for the plant­ing days was the threat of ex­tinc­tion of birds and an­i­mals like tui, bell­birds and the Otago skink.

‘‘They [na­tive birds and an­i­mals] re­ally need the na­tive veg­e­ta­tion to feed well, and Cen­tral Otago has some unique veg­e­ta­tion.’’

About 100 new na­tives were planted at Look­out Re­serve, sup­plied by the Eco-Nurs­ery and funded by both groups along with the Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil.

Dry­land plant­ing tech­niques were used to en­sure the plants longevity and min­imise wa­ter quan­ti­ties, Thom­son said.

Thom­son said they were ‘‘al­ways look­ing for more’’ peo­ple to be in­volved.

Keep Alexan­dra Clyde Beau­ti­ful chair­man David Beer, front, with other mem­bers of the group at look­out Re­serve on April 22.

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