Government funding for Redruth Park redevelopment

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Published: 19 Jul 2019

Timaru District Council has been awarded $20,000 Government funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries to assist the Redruth Park Redevelopment project.

The project involves planting of native plants and the development of a new walking track in the Redruth Park area according to Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager Bill Steans.

“The first stage of the project was started in July with the aim of planting approximately 20,000 native trees and 600 native podocarps along the Southern border of the park,” he said.

It is expected to complete stage one by the end of August subject to weather conditions.

“After that, we will prepare for the area along the eastern and northern boundary, which is the Stage Two area, and plant a similar number of plants from June 2020 to August 2020.

“Meanwhile, a new walkway linkage to Collins St and Leckie St Reserve was established earlier this year, which has a crusher dust surface and is suitable for bicycles and foot traffic.

“As a part of the project, we will also have a public planting day, supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries with Returned Services Association members and the public invited, at 2:00 pm on Saturday 31 August at the Collins St entrance of the Redruth Park if weather permits. Further information will be on council’s social media page.”

“This is to help our community plant living memorials honouring our New Zealand Defence Force Members in the past and present, especially those who have served over the last 100 years. This will be a public place where whanau, communities, and visitors, can reflect on the work and sacrifices of our service personnel.”

“It also celebrates the Māori New Year, a traditional time of harvest, thanksgiving and remembrance.”

“We are aiming to plant around 1000 new trees and shrubs on the day and everyone is invited to come and be part of it.”

“Please dress for the conditions on the day, with sturdy footwear – gumboots and warm layers are recommended. If you can, bring your own spade and gloves.”

“Some on and off street car parking is available on Collins Street with a short walk to the planting site.”

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021