Mass plant­ing project at hous­ing sub­di­vi­sion

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - JOHN COS­GROVE

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.

PHOTO: JOHN COS­GROVE

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.

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