Food forest, dog park proposed for reserve

A new two-stage proposal for Birdsey Reserve includes a food forest, regeneration and a dog park....
A new two-stage proposal for Birdsey Reserve includes a food forest, regeneration and a dog park. Photo: Newsline
A community food forest, garden and dog exercise area have been proposed for a Christchurch reserve.

Under the two-stage plan at Birdsey Reserve, Heathcote, the food forest and garden currently being developed by local community groups would be continued, along with a revegetation programme involving students from Heathcote Valley School.

The second stage would be to install dog exercise areas and extend the existing car park.

Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board chairwoman Alexandra Davids said there has been strong community interest in finding a local space for dogs to play and socialise safely. 

"Having a fenced exercise park accessible in the south-east is long overdue," Davids said.

"It means owners can let their dogs off their lead to socialise in a tightly fenced and double-gated area without having to travel outside their local areas.

"The two-stage process we’ve proposed would enable the revegetation planting at the reserve to continue, along with the community food forest and garden currently under development.

"Subject to funding and further consultation requirements, stage two would see the dog exercise area installed and the existing car park extended.

“But we really want to hear people’s thoughts on all aspects of the proposed plan. This is their neighbourhood, so we want to make sure we get it right.”

You can provide feedback on the Birdsey Reserve landscape plan until November 16 here.

There will also be a drop-in session where people can ask any questions and share ideas on Monday, November 1, between 3pm and 5.45pm, at the Heathcote Valley Community Centre on Bridle Path Rd.



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