by Chris Tobin
The felling of trees at Redruth park has opened opportunities for extending the walkway and cycleway in the area, Timaru District Council parks and recreation manager Bill Steans says.
“The options are to include a linkage from Leckie St, Redruth St and Collins St to join with the Hectors Coastal Walkway which runs along the eastern side of Redruth Park.”
He said income from trees felled at the park will contribute to the cost of replanting the area.
“Approximately 1.5ha of pine trees have been felled and removed, which is about 500 trees.
“The trees will be exported via Timaru port, and income from the sale will contribute to the cost of replanting the area.”
The work has been undertaken by qualified forestry harvesting contractors and the job managed by a forestry consultant.
Mr Steans said the area where the trees had been felled would be tidied and prepared for replanting with native species this winter and into the spring.
“This will be undertaken using native species of local occurrence and will involve the planting of approximately 15,000 plants.”
Access to Redruth Park, parts of Leckie St Reserve and the section of Hectors Coastal walkway/cycleway, which traverses through the area, have been closed to the public while the work has been going on.