600 trees, shrubs planted at Cape

Project co organiser Zuni Steer (left) helps  Oamaru family,  Winsome White, daughter Bron and...
Project co organiser Zuni Steer (left) helps Oamaru family, Winsome White, daughter Bron and granddaughter Amelia (3) Claridge during the planting of some 600 mostly native trees and shrubs on Cape Wanbrow on Saturday. Photo by David Bruce.
About 60 people turned out on Saturday for the first of the planting days before winter to start establishing Cape Wanbrow as a recreational area after clear felling of the reserve's pine trees about a year ago.

About 600 mostly native trees and shrubs were staked and protected with a water holding mat and plastic tubes on the site overlooking Oamaru.

The community project is co ordinated by the Waitaki District Council in conjunction with Waitaki Forest and Bird, Nature Heritage, Oamaru Community Gardens and residents around the cape.

Council parks officer Mike Kwant wants to see a joint community organisation set up to oversee and maintain the project, which he hopes will be through the North Otago Tree Planting Association.

A landscape plan was produced as part of a reserves management strategy prepared by the council to plant 13.5ha in a mixture of native and exotic trees to redevelop the area as a recreational reserve with tourist attractions.

It was even suggested a community orchard could be planted in part of the area and a night sky observatory/education conference centre built.

About half the plants set out on Saturday were propagated by Forest and Bird at the newly established community nursery at the Oamaru Public Gardens.


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