Community plantout day

by Anonymous Author

The Selwyn-based Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust is having its first community plantout day for the season this month.

Te Ara Kakariki is an incorporated charitable trust with the mission to work with landowners and schools to undertake environmental restoration projects.

Work is undertaken mostly in the Selwyn District, focussing first on the Hororata Catchment, Halswell river catchment, with a long-term plan to link up green dot areas across the central plains.

Te Ara Kakariki coordinator Letitia Lum said the first plantout day will be held at Reids Pit, at the corner of Weedons Road and Selwyn Road, on Saturday, August 18, starting at 9am.

“Reids Pit is the site of a former gravel extraction pit between Rolleston and Lincoln,” Ms Lum said.

“The Selwyn District Council is currently in the process of turning the site into an open community space providing walkways, bike tracks, a picnic area and a native biodiversity area including a Kowhai grove. 

“Local scouts and community members will plant about 1,200 native plants on the site providing habitat for lizards and invertebrates and to attract native birds. A walkway will also weave throughout plantings once established.”

Ms Lum said they would be providing all planting equipment, provide planting instruction and the scouts will put on a sausage sizzle for volunteers at the end.

To register as a volunteer go to or phone 027 773 3262.