Residents rally for planting
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.