Planting day helps to restore native species at Lake Camp


Lakes Camp and Clearwater in the Ashburton District high country are a sight to behold on a sunny spring day, and last week they provided a magnificant backdrop for the 14 people who gathered on the lake shores to plant native trees and grasses.

The planting day, organised by the Ashburton District Council, saw staff, hut holders, Forest & Bird members and councillors don gloves and sturdy boots for a day in the dirt, planting beech trees and grasses.

Pictured: The group of helpers and volunteers on the planting day, including ADC staff, Councillors, and hut holders.

The lakes are a scenic haven away from the hustle and bustle of town life, attracting bach owners and visitors for many years, but a fast spread of exotic and invasive tree species has threatened to transform the landscape.

The Council together with the Lake Camp and Clearwater Working Group have been working to remove the invasive wilding conifer trees in recent years, and last week (Thursday 10 October) was their second day spent rejuvinating the area with native species.

Pictured: Earlier plantings from the first planting day overlooking Lake Camp.

The trunks of felled contorta pine trees​ formed a series of planting areas for the new trees, where they will grow to bolster the area's biodiversity and provide shelter for visitors.

In the spirit of sustainability, the new plantings were then protected with biodegradable guards that will break down as the trees grow and establish themselves.​

Pictured: Local hut holder, Gerald Small planting mountain beech trees. Gerald has been coming to Lake Camp for many years and volunteers as part of the Lake Camp and Clearwater Working Group.

The planting day and efforts to remove wilding conifers are part of the Landscape Management Plan for Lake Camp and Clearwater Settlement that was adopted by the Council in October 2017.​

Pictured: Lake Camp is part of the Ashburton Lakes and is a popular destination for boating, water skiiing, kayaking, windsurfing and kite-surfing.

Page reviewed: 14 Oct 2019 1:56pm