Camp’s land­scap­ing plans

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - HELENA O'NEILL

A thou­sand na­tive shrubs have been planted by the com­mu­nity at Burn­ham Mil­i­tary Camp.

The plant­ing day, held on Septem­ber 18, was part of the camp’s land­scape re­gen­er­a­tion project which aims to plant 20,000 na­tive trees this spring.

The land­scap­ing project is about man­ag­ing risk to life, prop­erty and se­cu­rity while in­creas­ing the bio­di­ver­sity value and sense of place as­so­ci­ated with the Burn­ham Mil­i­tary Camp, New Zealand De­fence Force (NZDF) land­scape man­age­ment of­fi­cer Shona Sam said.

Dur­ing the vi­o­lent storm of 2013, Burn­ham lost many trees in and around camp. It was later dis­cov­ered that a large num­ber of the re­main­ing trees – par­tic­u­larly blue gum – were un­sta­ble or rot­ten.

Re­cent fires at West Mel­ton and along Two Chain Road also demon­strated that the shel­ter belts of pine and eu­ca­lyp­tus were a sig­nif­i­cant fire haz­ard, she said.

‘‘We are us­ing na­tive plants that used to thrive and grow on the Can­ter­bury Plains. Plant­ings so far have shown us that th­ese plants are suc­cess­ful and can help in en­hanc­ing our lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity.’’

Ac­tiv­i­ties this spring in­clude plant­ing 20,000 na­tive plants in the area of Ayles­bury Road and Bur­dons Road. Many of th­ese plants are go­ing into Corona­tion Park to es­tab­lish wind pro­tec­tion for the sports fields.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.