Walkway reserve to get facelift
Trees to replace invasive broom
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.