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.