Camp’s landscaping plans
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.