Planting project ticks boxes

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Clutha District Council staff are pleased their latest planting project is coming in on time and under budget.

Council senior projects engineer Barbara Belvoir said she was proud of the work undertaken by staff and contractors at the Plantation Hills housing subdivision in Balclutha

“I’m especially happy since we are under budget due to careful planning and prudent purchasing.”

Gracing the hills on the northern edge of Balclutha are over 18,000 plants of 32 different native varieties.

The rows of seedlings with their protective rodent-proof coverings look like an art installation

months council staff and contractors have been working at Lancewood and Manuka Park Reserves, which border the council’s $5.7million housing project, putting in almost 90% of the roughly 20,000 plants planned for the beautification of the area.

Mrs Belvoir said Lancewood Reserve was their main focus at the moment and they would need to have further discussions about the Manuka Reserve areas.

“We would like to plant its namesake there but we will need further discussions with interested parties about what planting will be eventually be undertaken there.”

The goal was to complete the entire planting operation by the end of this month.

However, weather delays might cause this to run into early November.

Construction on the 27ha residential development, bordered by Johnston Rd and McNeill St, started in November 2016 and is a signature project for the Clutha District Council, which is seeking ways to remedy the district’s housing shortage.

The subdivision is comprised of 64 sections ranging in size from a 433sq m house section to a 3.33ha lifestyle block.

Many of the smaller sections have been sold and work on a number of houses is under way.