Nelson Leader : April 18th 2013
16 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 18, 2013 NEWS PLUS RECEIVE A FREE NAIL POLISH APPLICATION FROM OUR NEW BEAUTY CONSULTANT, JESSICA WALSH OFFER VAILD TILL 30 APRIL 2013 5268612AB Cnr Bridge & Collingwood Nelson Phone 03 548 8789 Phone 0800 BROWNIES (276 964) PLUS BUY ON NO DEPOSIT & 18 MONTHS INTEREST FREE! NORMAL CREDIT CRITERIA APPLY -- MIN PURCHASE $500 'Hourglass Back Support' Range With up to 18% additional support through the lumbar region, where you need it most! • The key to a good nights sleep • Chiropractic recommendation • 10 Year Guarantee 5267959AA *Introductory special OPEN: MON-FRI 8.30AM-6.00PM, SAT-SUN 10AM-4PM ALL NEW FROM ONLY $1269* Tree planting planned Massive project: Project manager Ian Price about to plant some flax at the Paremata Flat Reserve near Cable Bay. Photo: PHIL BARNES By PHIL BARNES Forest & Bird has joined forces with the Nelson City Council to organ- ise a massive community tree planting at Paremata Flat Reserve in Cable Bay this weekend. Project manager Ian Price said he hoped, with good public support, to get about 4000 to 6000 trees planted on Saturday and Sunday. It s an opportunity for people in the Nelson region to give something back to the environment for the next genera- tions. He said the council would be putting on a barbecue and cold drinks at midday on Saturday and the planting would go ahead from 8am to 4pm on both days even if it rained. Ian said Paremata Flat Reserve has been defined as having the highest eco- logical value of all land under the man- agement of the council. This was due to it being a unique estuarine, land and river ecology with rare flora and fauna. Due to this, Forest & Bird are working with the council in restoring areas of Paremata Flat Reserve back to a unique flood plain podocarp forest. He said parts of the reserve would remain as open space recreational areas. Ian said Forest & Bird had already raised $67,000 to grow and plant 32,671 native trees at no cost to the council or Nelson ratepayers. He said the money had been raised by applying for grants to conservation- focused charities. Forest & Bird has provided 2800 vol- unteer hours for the project, and funded and managed a pest-trapping programme removing over 1544 pests. Ian said the area had been trashed by human activity . There s still a bit of podocarp forest here but it s in decline. He said the idea was to initially plant nursery plants such as flax. Once they become established we can then bring in our canopy of trees such as totara, kaikatea and puketea. They need the protection of the nur- sery plants before we can grow them even though they then end up dominating the plain. And we are also trying to protect two bird species -- these are the fern bird and the banded rail which are locally quite rare because their habitat is being destroyed. He said Forest & Bird had a team of 15 volunteer trappers who checked their trap lines twice a week and this was help- ing remove predators such as rats, stoats and mice. Ian became involved with the project three years ago. He has more than 30 years farming experience but retired early and is now using that experience to spend long hours working voluntarily on this project. People wishing to attend the planting should turn off State Highway 6 on to Cable Bay Rd and after four kilometres, turn right on to Maori Pa Rd. The reserve is a further 1500 metres on the left and will be signposted. Bring solid footwear, a spade and asun hat. For further information go to paremataflats.co.nz.
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