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Landowners affected by last December’s big flood have access to free advice and cheaper plants through the Council.
Reserves Officer Glenn Thorn has been visiting properties affected by slips or wash-outs in Golden Bay and Richmond. He advises on suitable plants for particular locations, and landowners can then order the quantities they want, “I can recommend what will grow well in what situation.” said Glenn. The Council then puts together bulk orders for local nurseries, with any leftover plants assigned to other properties. The Council can also supply fertiliser tablets.
About 18 property owners have used the service, with orders varying from 20 plants up to 200-300. Plants can be supplied as root trainers or bagged seedlings, to suit the landowners’ budget and how much work they want to do. Glenn says the plants are mostly natives, although property-owners are entitled to use ornamentals if they wish.
The scheme will run until the end of August 2012, but if property owners receive their EQC payouts after that date they are welcome to ring, he says. Some people are looking at planting next year.
If you would like help restoring your property, give Glenn Thorn a ring on Ph. 03 543 8400.