Res­i­dents rally for plant­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

More than 20 Plim­mer­ton res­i­dents turned out re­cently to help put in 2000 grass plants to re­store a sand dune be­hind the sub­urb’s fire sta­tion.

A se­vere storm last win­ter eroded the man-made dune, orig­i­nally cre­ated us­ing 44- gal­lon drums filled with sand. The storm left the fire sta­tion car park kerb ex­posed, along with the rusty, sharp re­mains of the drums.

Af­ter ad­vice from Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil coastal ex­pert Dr Iain Dawe, a plan was de­vel­oped to use dredged sand from Mana Marina to fill the area. The dredged sand is nor­mally put in the land­fill.

The first sand was moved on July 28 and on Au­gust 4, 2000 spinifex grass plants were put in by 24 res­i­dents, city coun­cil­lors Bron­wyn Kropp and Anita Baker, and two mem­bers of Porirua City Coun­cil’s re­serves team.

PCC’s man­ager of parks and re­serves Bill Inge says that while he an­tic­i­pates tide and wind con­di­tions to wash some of the sand away in the next two years, the es­tab­lished plants will hold much of the dune to­gether. Re­plant­ing and re­sand­ing may have to oc­cur on oc­ca­sion.

‘‘I want to thank Plim­mer­ton res­i­dents who gave up their Satur­day morn­ing to help the coun­cil re­store the dune. It wouldn’t of hap­pened with­out their help.’’

Sandy day: Plant­ing the grasses into the dune be­hind the Plim­mer­ton fire sta­tion took about 90 min­utes on Au­gust 4.

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