Posted 05 May 2011 by newbrightonproject Popular
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Canterbury based National MPs, Amy Adams, Gerry Brownlee, David Carter, Aaron Gilmore, Nicky Wagner and Kate Wilkinson have launched a volunteer project to help residents from quake-affected properties in Christchurch and Kaiapoi keep their treasured plants alive while they rebuild or relocate over the next 12-24 months.

"Many residents- especially the elderly- put a huge amount of love and effort into growing and maintaining their gardens" says Aaron Gilmore.

"For those forced from their homes because of quake damage, having to walk away from their garden at the same time can be an extra kick in the guts. We hops the community plant nursery will make a small but significant difference to help those who have already suffered more than their fair share of hardship"

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Pre-registered plants from damaged properties can either be delivered or moved by the team of volunteers to the community plant nursery in Marshlands over the weekend of 14th and 15th May 2100. The nursery will accept plants such as roses, rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, hardy natives and small fruit trees.

Approximate individual plot size is 2m x 12m with a 10 plan maximum per plot. Maximum recommended plant height is 2.5m. Land is peat and will be hoed and covered with weed matting. Irrigation is planned for the spring.

Once the planting is complete owners will be responsible for looking after their own plot at the nursery (which will be open on two pre-arranged half days per month) however, support will be available for those with mobility of health issues.

The community plant nursery is free of charge but a gold coin donation to help cover the costs would be much appreciated.

email or contact Project Plant co-ordinator, Catherine Lister on 03 0825617

Registrations must be received by Mother's Day.


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