Enjoying a day out in West Melton Forest. Photo: Cathy Price

Free events celebrate parks

by Mike Isle

A celebration of our Canterbury’s regional parks is in full swing, with West Melton Forest and Weedons Ross Road figuring prominently at two events this Saturday.

The first of the events, organised by Environment Canterbury, is a working bee on the horse trails in West Melton Forest from 9am until 1pm.

Environment Canterbury team leader parks and forest, James Page, said park users are encouraged to participate.

“We welcome the public to volunteer and contribute as much as they can. It is their park, and their input is invaluable.”

Mr Page said a free barbecue would follow the working bee.

Anybody intending to be there should contact Environment Canterbury at duty.ranger@ecan.govt.nz. Volunteers should wear warm and comfortable clothing, Mr Page said.

The second of the two events on Saturday, also organised by Environment Canterbury, was a free barbecue from 11am to 2pm at the Weedons Ross Road trail bike car park.

Mr Page said the barbecue was open to the public and a great opportunity to spend a day checking out one of the region’s parks and talk to Environment Canterbury rangers. Environment Canterbury looks after three parks in the region — Ashley/Rakahuri, Waimakariri and Lake Tekapo.