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Big planting season ahead for Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor

Wednesday, May 24, 2023   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: volunteers, volunteering, planting

The 2023 native planting season is shaping up to be the biggest yet for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC), with 17 community days scheduled until the end of September.

The Christchurch City Council’s red zone rangers will team up with community groups and volunteers to plant tens of thousands of natives at Brooker Reserve, Chimera Crescent, Dudley Creek, Richmond Community Garden, Waikakariki-Horseshoe Lake, Dallington, Cedarwood Reserve and Amelia Rogers Reserve.

Christchurch City Council’s Residential Red Zone Manager, David Little, is expecting the 2023 OARC planting season to surpass last year’s impressive efforts.

“The OARC Regeneration Plan has a significant emphasis on ecologically restoring the area, and the involvement of volunteers and community organisations is central to the success of this happening,” says Mr Little.

“Last year’s planting season saw volunteers and organisations help our red zone rangers and parks teams cover 88 hectares of land with more than 50,000 native plants.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who helped make 2022 a big success from a planting perspective, and we’re hoping to keep that momentum going this year.”

Mr Little says five maintenance days will also be held between September and November, where the planted areas are weeded and mulched to combat the spring flush.

Find out more about Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor volunteer planting days, including who to contact if you want to join in.

Learn more about on the City Council’s work and projects in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.

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