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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2017

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16 Tuesday April 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES News EXPERTISE: Landcare Research ecologist Colin Meurk sharing the natural history of the plains and his knowledge of planning a native plant restoration project. ​ NEW BEGINNINGS: The Plantout tour visited a hillside restoration project in Tai Tapu, six months after planting. Ecological restoration in Selwyn A RECENT tour of properties at Hororata and Tai Tapu highlighted ecological restoration efforts across Selwyn. The Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Trust, which aims to bring pockets of native plants back to Selwyn between the mountains and the sea, holds its annual Plantout tour to show people that planting natives alongside productive farmland is a good idea. About 40 people attended the tour which visited restoration sites on three privately-owned properties in Hororata and Tai Tapu, as well as Tai Tapu Domain. The tour always includes talks by ecologists. This year Colin Meurk from Landcare Research spoke about native plants and how to plan a restoration project. A number of farmers who have been planting annually for a number of years also shared their insights about site preparation, maintenance, and which plants were doing really well. One of the Hororata landowners, Tony Edwards, said a few years back he was hesitant to start planting but now he wanted to do more each year. Some of his plants were now taller than him only three years after planting and were starting to really change the landscape. “Why wouldn’t I want to spend time amongst these native plants?” Mr Edwards said. There are various funding programmes which can be applied for through the trust, including the Community Environment Fund (Ministry for the Environment) and the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund. •Anyone looking for advice and support can contact the trust via its website www. Planting natives Key suggestions for landowners interested in planting natives on their property include: •Seek advice for appropriate plants for your soil type and micro climate. •Have a restoration plan that starts with planting more shrubs, and wait until there is some cover before planting the larger podocarp trees. •Take a long-term approach, planting a few hundred plants every year, therefore not getting overwhelmed by maintenance of competitive weeds. •Reduce the ‘edge effect’ by making wider strips of planting to insure higher survival rates and a better size of habitat for birds. •Choose eco-sourced seeds from this region - request this from your plant nursery. This should ensure your plants are well adapted to your environment. HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ autumn Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 14 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 “A local team for local people” IT’S EXTREME! WeedonS Road, West Melton Adults $20 Pensioners $15 with gold card Family $40 (2 adults & 4 children under 15) Accompanied children under 15 years $10. Infants under 5 FREE. (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Info line Ph 021 070 3140 2017 ANZAC WEEKEND APRIL 22nd + 23rd SATURDAY DAY 1 North vs South Sidecare TEAMS CHALLENGE Rememberance Champs ... Solos, Sidecares & Juniors SUNDAY DAY 2 SHORT TRACK NATIONALS (all classes)

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