Planting days are just the beginning

Kirwee Reserve planting

by Mike Isle

The Kirwee Recreation Reserve is to have a ‘spruce up’ with two planting days planned for the reserve later this week, and the reserve’s management committee is encouraging the public to get involved.

“This is exciting and a good opportunity for the community to come together and get involved with what we hope will be a lasting legacy at the Kirwee Recreation Reserve. We look forward to seeing many of the local residents there,” the management committee’s chairperson Raewyn Feast said.

“The planting of native plants is to form a ‘green dot’ in Kirwee. The idea is to establish ecosystems and native bird life on the Reserve.

“We have been given support and advice from Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust.

“They have assisted the committee in a planting plan, deciding on suitability of plants and advice on the establishment of native plants.”

The first planting day, Friday, May 10, will see students of the Kirwee Model School planting native trees under the supervision of their teachers and the Kirwee Recreation Reserve Management Committee. The students and the public will also be treated to an educational session on native planting and ecosystems.

A second planting day will take place the following day, Saturday, May 11.

Planting will begin both days at 9.30am on Tramway Road.

Raewyn Feast said this is only the beginning of the required planting with further planting of trees and shrubs in the area to give shelter across the reserve.