Walk­way re­serve to get facelift

Trees to re­place in­va­sive broom

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS -

Oa­maru’s Glen Eden Re­serve is set to re­ceive a much needed makeover. The re­serve, which pro­vides a ru­ral set­ting for part of the popular Sky­line Walk­way which tra­verses the ru­ral hills on the edge of Oa­maru’s ur­ban area, will soon be cleared of broom and new trees will be planted.

Waitaki Dis­trict Coun­cil parks of­fi­cer Mike Kwant said the work is planned to be un­der­taken in early May and will re­quire clo­sure of a sec­tion of the walk­way for ap­prox­i­mately a week.

‘‘We un­der­stand that this will cause some dis­rup­tion to peo­ple wish­ing to walk the track, how- ever, we will work hard to have the work com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble,’’ said Kwant.

‘‘It’s a great re­serve right on our doorstep where walk­ers can take ad­van­tage of the var­ied as­pects and views. The plan­ta­tion in the Glen Eden gully that winds its way up Glen St is also re­ferred to in Janet Frame’s writ­ings.’’

On the west­ern side of the gully, in­va­sive broom has taken hold and sup­pressed most of the young pines. The broom will be cleared in May and new trees planted over win­ter.

This will be fol­lowed up with weed con­trol un­til the trees have es­tab­lished suf­fi­ciently to out­grow the broom which will in­evitably re­turn.

‘‘Whilst the walk­ing track on the west­ern side of the gully [Eden St side] will be closed while this work is be­ing done, it is in­tended to keep the eastern side open [War­ren St side],’’ Kwant said. Sig­nage will be posted to en­sure walk­ers are made aware of the tem­po­rary clo­sure.

‘‘We thank walk­ers for their co­op­er­a­tion and pa­tience while we do this work. Once com­plete the plan­ta­tion will be fully stocked with pines which will sup­press weed growth and pro­vide an at­trac­tive set­ting on this por­tion of the Sky­line walk­way.’’

Oa­maru’s Glen Eden Re­serve will soon be a hive of ac­tiv­ity with the clear­ance of broom and the plant­ing of new trees.

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