Planting natives and stone pine trees, volunteers were working to breathe life back into their much loved park
By Jessica Rowe
Many of Christchurch’s parks and trees suffered significant damage in the earthquakes and have since died or become unstable.
Hundreds of volunteers were out this morning planting thousands of trees at South New Brighton Park.
Planting natives and stone pine trees, volunteers were working to breathe life back into their much loved park.
After the February quake, the Garden City's trees suffered significant damage, particularly in the eastern suburbs.
The ground movement damaged roots, and the drop in land levels has caused the water table to rise, making trees unstable and waterlogged.
Higher water levels have also caused salt water contamination.
“Changes in levels so plants don't grow there any more and water is getting into where it didn't used to, and it has really affected the vegetation,” says park ranger Peter Borcherds.
The risk of falling trees has left the council with no choice.
Hundreds of mature pine and macrocarpa trees have been cut down in South New Brighton Park and Bridge Street, and starting next week work will begin to remove another 60 earthquake damaged trees from Blighs Garden.
“We've had a lot of damage to our parks in general,” says Kelly Hanson of Christchurch City Council. “Trees have been part of that. Hagley Park has had quite a few trees removed and Botanic Garden.”
Once the date for replanting at Blighs Garden is set, the enthusiastic tree-loving volunteers will be back with their shovels.