Kowhai suc­cess im­presses

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS - By NI­COLA WOLFE

An Oa­maru man has prop­a­gated 7500 plants as part of the Project Gold ini­tia­tive.

Al­lan Adam­son, known to many as Grandpa G, has al­ways loved gar­den­ing and de­cided to get in­volved in the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion-funded ini­tia­tive in March. He has a 95 per cent strike rate. ‘‘I’d love to see kowhai planted all over Oa­maru. If you plant na­tive flora you’ll at­tract na­tive fauna,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a te­dious job but it stops me watch­ing Coro St.’’

The project is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies, schools and clubs to grow and look af­ter their own kowhai trees as well as strength­en­ing en­thu­si­asm for dry­land for­est restora­tion.

The kowhai trees will also at­tract bell­birds and tui to the area.

Adam­son said the ma­jor­ity of the trees will be planted at Cape Wan­brow.

A fur­ther 3500 trees would be planted on Gardes Rd on State High­way 83 in Kurow.

Any left over will be dis­trib­uted through­out the dis­trict.

Adam­son has al­ways en­joyed gar­den­ing.

At home he breeds daf­fodils but is par­tic­u­larly pas­sion­ate about na­tive and en­dan­gered plants.

‘‘Any­thing that’s en­dan­gered, I want to grow it.’’

He said peo­ple have been amazed at his suc­cess with the kowhai seeds, which he said comes down to chip­ping the seeds prop­erly.

‘‘There’s a wee dim­ple on them all. The seeds need to be chipped at the op­po­site end of the dim­ple. It’s where the em­bryo is so if you chop that you dam­age the plant.’’

Adam­son said he was grate­ful to the Waitaki Dis­trict Coun­cil who let him es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity nurs­ery at the public gar­dens.

He said a hard­en­ing-off house was to be built at the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion head­quar­ters in Regina Lane.

Al­lan Adam­son aka Grandpa G has prop­a­gated 7500 kowhai trees to be planted at Cape Wan­brow and other ar­eas around town.

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