Kaitangata Highway gets a native trees makeover
The old forestry block off the Kaitangata Highway will be bursting with native plants thanks to support from the Hokonui Runanga and Ara Poutama Aotearoa /the Department of Corrections.
Clutha District Council Mayor Bryan Cadogan said that people on Community Work sentence with Corrections had recently started planting native trees on the Kaitangata Highway near the Balclutha Golf Course.
“It’s great to be able to work together with Corrections and the Runanga to beautify and enhance the conservation of the Clutha District,” Mr Cadogan said.
The block had been previously harvested of pine trees by Council.
The native trees were propagated and grown at Invercargill Prison, on behalf of the Hokonui Runanga in Gore, by (men or prisoners) in the prison’s Horticulture training programme.
The Runanga kindly supplied a total of 386 native plants for this community project.
The selection of plants being planted included pittosporums, low-growing kowhai, hebes and koromiko. In total the plants will include:
- 280 Pittosporum.
- 6 Kaka beak.
- 2 Manuka.
- 1 Ribbon wood.
- 15 Koromiko.
- 82 Cabbage tree.
- Total of 386 plants.
Corrections’ Senior Work Supervisor Dave Madden says the project is a great way for local people on sentence to contribute to the Clutha community.
“Community work sentences offer a means for people to give something back to the community against which they offended,” he says. “The team involved in this project are incredibly proud of their work and can continue to gain a sense of achievement from this for years to come.”
If you think you have a project worthy of partnering with Corrections you can contact Dave Madden at email@example.com