Environment Canterbury parks ranger Greg Stanley helps the West Melton School students with the planting

Willows planting went well

by Mike Isle

The planting of 200 native plants at The Willows recreational reserve in West Melton went off without a hitch last Thursday.

Environment Canterbury team leader parks and forest James Page said that 75 students from West Melton school helped with the planting and they played an important role.

“It was a great opportunity for the Environment Canterbury parks team to engage with pupils from our local community and showcase the value of our parks,” said Page.

“The Willows is an exciting development for Canterbury, and we are pleased that these students were able to play such a key role in its creation.

“We know from speaking to the kids that they had a great day out, which also included an orienteering competition. One of the kids told me: ‘This is awesome; it’s the best day of school so far’.”

Page said The Willows is a great example of what can be achieved when commitment and a lot of hard work go into what once was an area that few dared to enter, and he was sure the public would embrace The Willows as their local go-to recreational area.

“We’ve been pleased with the buy-in we’ve had from the local community and look forward to this being a strong asset for Canterbury’s parks for years to come,” he said.

The Willows, at the end of Thompsons Road, off Old West Coast Road
in West Melton is on track to be open in May.