Planting at Windy Point

July 22, 2009

planting“In June two community work bees were held at Windy Point to weed the area and replant with native backdune species.  Over the two days a handful of hardy volunteers filled half a jumbo bin with Climbing Dock, a scrambling vine with many tubers. Where lots of tubers were dug out the new coastal shrubs have no natural cover to help them get established.

It’s an opportunity to experiment and measure success or failure. Three sites were planted to determine how the natives would cope in a totally cleared area, an uncleared area which is free of climbing doc, and an uncleared area where climbing doc is present. Dr David  Bergin, a coastal plant expert, oversaw the planting and will monitor the trial site.
Another  community planting will be held in the coming months to fill the remaining gaps. Here’s hoping the plants grow well and the area becomes another showcase spot for coastal restoration in the Eastern Bays!”

plantingDr David  Bergin (coastal planting expert), Rosie Doole (HCC) & local Days Bay resident Claire Schmidt

Hutt City “volunteer planting coordinator” Rosie Doole & her assistant Carolyn Cowie have been working with groups along the Petone & Eastbourne beaches. Rosie writes:

“In June two community work bees were held at Windy Point to weed the area and replant with native backdune species.  Over the two days a handful of hardy volunteers filled half a jumbo bin with Climbing Dock, a scrambling vine with many tubers. Where lots of tubers were dug out the new coastal shrubs have no natural cover to help them get established.

It’s an opportunity to experiment and measure success or failure. Three sites were planted to determine how the natives would cope in a totally cleared area, an uncleared area which is free of climbing doc, and an uncleared area where climbing doc is present. Dr David  Bergin, a coastal plant expert, oversaw the planting and will monitor the trial site.

Another  community planting will be held in the coming months to fill the remaining gaps. Here’s hoping the plants grow well and the area becomes another showcase spot for coastal restoration in the Eastern Bays!”


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