The other day I wrote about the makeover at the top of Mt Victoria. When I visited, things were clearly unfinished. Now the plantings are due, and it’s going to be mainly native plants. This will be such a huge improvement over the gorse that’s been there till now.
Four thousand hardy native plants will be planted on the summit of Mt Victoria [on 27 September 2007]… as part of the upgrade of the Mt Victoria summit area, which is nearing completion and will be officially opened later this year.
The upgrade includes a new viewing platform with transparent sides, improved lighting and the creation of a new pedestrian area adjacent to the summit car park and Byrd Memorial. Toilets have been installed at the intersection of Lookout and Alexandra Roads.
…”We have selected plants that are well suited to the exposed conditions including a couple that are found on the South Coast but are now regarded locally as rare and endangered.”
Some 2000 coastal flaxes are going in, along with several hundred each of the low-growing coastal shrub Muelenbeckia astonii, the native grass Austrofestuca littoralis and mountain tussock. The majority of plants have been propagated by the Council’s Berhampore Nursery from seed sourced locally.
We are already seeing more tui and other birds round here. This planting should bring even more native birds.
Now, if they could just chop down the pine trees and replace them with rata or pohutukawa or something …