Official opening for bush restoration

 

The Tai Tapu Bush boardwalk leads through new restoration palnting.

The Tai Tapu Bush boardwalk leads through new restoration palnting.

The Tai Tapu Bush restoration area and a new footbridge at Rhodes Park in Tai Tapu will be officially opened on Sunday 28 September.

 

Over 5,000 native seedlings were planted by volunteers at Rhodes Park in 2012 and a wide range of organisations and volunteers from Tai Tapu and Canterbury have been involved in the project, helping to fund, plant and maintain the bush area.

 

The Rhodes Park Reserve Board committee and Stephen Brailsford, have overseen the project.  Mr Brailsford has provided ecological advice on the planting. A board walk runs through the planted areas and has been funded by Selwyn District Council and the Rhodes Park Reserve Board committee.

 

The land has similar characteristics to Riccarton Bush, one of the most significant native forest remnants in Canterbury; and native seedlings from Riccarton Bush and other local native bush areas were used for the planting.

 

Tai Tapu School Enviroschools students now use the site as an outdoor classroom and they have helped replace dead plants and survey the bird life.

 

Two years on, the restoration planting is flourishing.

Two years on, the restoration planting is flourishing.

The new bridge is designed for pedestrians and cyclists and connects the bush restoration area to the Old Tai Tapu Road. It replaces a narrow older bridge which needed significant maintenance work.  The bridge has been funded by the Council and will be named after Hugh MacLeod, who has been a member of the Tai Tapu Community Association for over 25 years, serving first as president and then as secretary.

 

Local residents are invited to come along to the opening at 10am on Sunday 28, and to meet afterwards at 11am at the Rugby Clubrooms at Rhodes Park for a sausage sizzle and light refreshments.

 

Organisations involved in the bush restoration and maintenance are: Rhodes Park Reserve Committee, Selwyn District Council, Waihora Ellesmere Trust, Tai Tapu School, Tai Tapu Preschool, Te Ara Kākārirki, Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury through Whakaora Te Waihora, the Student Volunteer Army, Brailsford Ltd, Southern Woods Nursery and Rolleston Prison BioCrew.