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10/01/2019 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 10 January, 2019
Significant rainfall and intermittent warm weather has seen an explosion of growth around the district's parks, gardens and reserves, and maintenance crews are now back working hard to get these spaces looking spick and span again.
The Ashburton District experienced above average rainfall in November and December last year, with 220.5 mm recorded by Environment Canterbury (Hinds site reading). This was significantly higher than the 104 mm of rainfall that fell in the same period in 2017.
"We had a very generous wet spring that continued into summer, and the warm weather in recent weeks has resulted in excessive growth in weeds and grass in Council parks, gardens, and reserves," said Chief Executive Hamish Riach. "This also coincided with the Christmas season which is a time of the year that work is scaled back due to the holiday break. The combination of these circumstances have meant that our green areas are not as tidy as we expect them to be, but we are now on it," he added.
With the holiday festivities now over, staff and contractors are back in full swing ensuring the district's green spaces are as beautiful as the community and visitors have come to expect. Results should be noticeable within the next two weeks.
*Data source: https://ecan.govt.nz/data/rainfall-data/sitedetails/319602