Scouts help to clean up natives site
A roadside native planting project near Chertsey has been given some much needed TLC by a team of green-thumbed Rakaia Scouts.
The Scouts recently set about uncovering many hidden gems within the area of native shrubs and tussocks, which was planted just north of the Chertsey railway crossing on State Highway 1 around 10 years ago
Ashburton Forest and Bird’s Edith Smith said when Bill Hood lived at Chertsey he took an interest in protecting remnant native vegetation along the roadside. When the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), formerly Transit New Zealand, was promoting roadside native vegetation restoration country-wide, a site at Chertsey was selected for a planting project.
Under the guidance of Canterbury native plant specialist Colin Meurk of Landcare at Lincoln a series of planting days were held. Management of the site has since been handled by Forest and Bird and community workers.
Smith said weed proliferation was a serious problem, often inhibiting growth of the natives. So recently a team of Scouts from Rakaia pitched in to lend a hand. They flattened the tall prolific cocksfoot, exposing the trees and shrubs and finding many which were thoroughly hidden.
Smith said the work enabled a contractor to carry out a planned spraying programme without any native plant casualties.
Rakaia Scouts lend a hand.