Mass planting event to create riverside forest in Christchurch

Access to the planting site will be from the River Rd end of Dallington Tce. Photo: Newsline / CCC
Access to the planting site will be from the River Rd end of Dallington Tce. Photo: Newsline / CCC
A mass planting event to create a native forest corridor along Christchurch's Avon River will be held on Saturday.

Christchurch City Council, along with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and Rotary Forests of Peace, Remembrance and Community, is organising the planting event on the northern side of the Ōtākaro Avon River, west of Gayhurst Rd in Dallington from 1pm to 4pm.

Council head of parks Andrew Rutledge said the community planting day is the first of several planned events. They will ultimately see an estimated 40,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses placed along the river.

"This is one of the first mass planting events in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area and will start to see the Green Spine, an ecologically restored native corridor that follows the river from the city to the sea, come to life," Rutledge said.

"We encourage young and old to come along and be part of helping increase the biodiversity of the area."

All tools and a free barbecue will be provided on the day. Participants will only need to bring gardening gloves, a water bottle and sturdy footwear, Rutledge said.

The city council will provide all plants from its Harewood nursery.

Access to the planting site will be from the River Rd end of Dallington Tce, with parking for both cars and bikes catered for. All participants are required to register through the Conservation Volunteers New Zealand website. 

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