Mass planting project at housing subdivision
MORE than 18,000 native plants have found a home at the Plantation Hills housing subdivision in Balclutha.
The 32 varieties are housed inside protective rodentproof coverings and Clutha District Council contractors and staff have been working for the past two and ahalf months to complete the project.
The area sits on the Lancewood and the Manuka Park Reserves at the edge of a $5.7 million housing project.
Senior projects engineer Barbara Belvoir said Lancewood Reserve was their main focus for planting.
There have been three separate deliveries of plants, due to planting logistics.
She confirmed the aim was to complete the operation by the end of the month.
Construction on the 27ha residential development, bordered by Johnston Rd and McNeill St, started in November 2016. It is a signature project for the Clutha District Council, which is seeking proactive ways to remedy the district’s housing shortage.
The subdivision has been divided into 64 sections ranging in size from a 433sq m house section to a 3.33ha lifestyle block and many of the smaller sections have been sold.
Work on some houses is under way.
Tree planting . . . Clutha District Council employees (from left) George Rutter and Jordan Smith and CDC senior projects engineer Barbara Belvoir work on the protective rodentproof coverings on some of the 18,000 plants recently installed at the Lancewood Reserve.