It has been an exciting and busy time for Waikato RiverCare Inc. in the lead up to the Christmas season. From site preparation and maintenance, to fencing and sign installation, our contractors have been completing various works on over 10 different projects since our planting season concluded in October.
Following feedback received regarding Waikato RiverCare Inc.’s Te Awa River Ride project, it was time to do something about the dead trees along our project. Ecoarb were contracted to complete tree work on the Japanese Walnuts that had been dropping walnuts along the track, creating hazards for cyclists and pedestrians alike. The branches overhanging the pathway have now been cleared and created a safe passage for people enjoying the River Ride walkway. Thanks so much to the Waikato River Authority who have been great supporters of this project.
With the weather warming up, and the Christmas holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to put your walking shoes on or get out on your bike with the family and explore the rapidly growing walk/cycle way. Be sure to keep an eye out for our Waikato RiverCare Inc. signs and plantings near Croall Crescent, Ngaruawahia.
Another recent milestone for Waikato RiverCare Inc. was the completion of a fence which encompasses the Landon Oxbow project. The project, which is located on the Mangawara Stream, is another project being funded by the Waikato River Authority. Waikato RiverCare Inc. has also partnered with the Waikato Regional Council on this project, with WRC coming on board to fund the construction of the fence. This funding is part of a new agreement with the Regional Council, which formalises the committment to work together on ongoing restoration efforts over the next five years.
The team from Barakat Fencing in action on the Landon Oxbow Project.
As per Waikato RiverCare Inc. policy, fencing of restoration sites is vital for the success of the project. Fencing ensures that stock access is removed, which in turns lessens the risk of bank erosion, protects the native plants from being eaten or trampled, and creates a safe habitat for birds and wildlife. With the fencing complete, the site is well on its way to being ready for the planting of 4,000 native trees and grasses in August next year.
From the team at Waikato RiverCare Inc., we wish you a safe and very merry Christmas, and we look forward to sharing our new and exciting plans with you all next year.