The Groynes – Community Planting
23 August at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
An open invitation is extended for the public to participate in a ‘Planting Event’, with the goal of establishing additional native trees and shrubs. This key event in the ongoing development of the Ōtukaikino River will take place on Sunday 23rd August.
The Groynes takes its name from the large concrete filled wool sack blocks that were placed in the Ōtukaikino Creek during the 1930s.
These groynes were to separate the creek from the main branch of the Waimakariri River for flood protection. An area prone to flooding, native vegetation was already limited due to repeat natural events but farming and urban development caused indigenous flora to all but disappear from the area and the water quality to decrease significantly. Since the early 2000s, efforts have been made to restore the Otukaikino River that runs through the Groynes, remove pest plants from the lakes and increase native plantings.The Reserve known for its reputation as an excellent recreation area is going under some major changes. This includes the restoration of native habitat in the area to improve ecological values that play an integral role in current recreation planning for future generations.
This project will provide wildlife corridors to protect and restore waterway plants and animals, wetlands and natural heritage values, and includes links to ponds, lakes and the Waimakariri River. This will be an ongoing partnership between the community, Trees for Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council.
This FAMILY event is scheduled between 10.30pm and 12.30pm (followed by BBQ sausage) on Sunday 23rd August at the Groynes Reserve in the No.2 picnic area.
Look for the signs. Bring along family, friends and a spade. (Some spades provided)