Biking for the Trees
We all need a healthy environment. Humans have made significant gains and now it is time to focus on replanting.Canterbury
Our vision is to return Drayton Reserve back to its original native vegetation and wildlife, providing for species survival, local biological diversity, water and soil conservation and a local community resource for connection to our natural heritage, passive recreation, education and a link in a biological corridor from the sea to the summit. This will include accelerating native plantings, improving the streambed and water quality, reducing soil erosion, increasing the populations of native birds, lizards, fish and insects, controlling litter and animal and plant pests and improving tracks and facilities.
The Drayton Reserve comprises a narrow valley between the hillside suburbs of Mt Pleasant and Redcliffs, Christchurch, NZ. The valley rises from near sea level at McCormacks Bay, to about 180m altitude.
We operate as an informal group of local volunteers (not Incorporated so as to reduce administration), with a Co-ordinator who manages and consults with both the City and Regional Councils, Mt. Pleasant and Redcliffs Residents Associations and Primary Schools, members, other agencies, specialist advisers, neighbours and media.
We have no subscriptions or financial resources and rely on donations of plants, materials, equipment, labour, advice and other resources.
To ensure the forest will be as close as possible to its original state, we use local eco-sourced seedlings. One supplier is Trees For Canterbury https://www.treesforcanterbury.org.nz via Christchurch City Council.
We use sustainable and natural methods, practices and materials, to avoid any adverse effects (such as emissions and toxins) on the environment or any organisms and we give preference to local services and resources.
We all enjoy caring for and working with the environment and feeling a part of it as we pursue our vision.
We welcome involvement of locals of all ages and try to ensure their experiences will be enjoyable and that they will feel their contributions, of whatever kind, are valued. Generally we have two each month. Both local Primary Schools, Mt Pleasant and Redcliffs, support the project and have arranged for groups of students to visit and help with restoration work. We are most willing to provide information, guides, assistance and supervision for their involvement. Some Canterbury University student research has already been undertaken.
Use of funds
All money will go to Trees For Canterbury - donate to them here or go to their website and choose how many plants to donate https://www.treesforcanterbury.org.nz/donation-options/
The more you give us, the more we can do. Thank you.
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Big or small, donations to Trees 4 Canterbury help them plant more trees and enable them to reach the goal of 2,000,000 trees in Canterbury.
Canterbury has only retained a very small percentage of the original vegetation, in pockets scattered over the province - this is not enough to sustain flora, fauna, bird and animal habitats.
Read the T4C blog here to learn more about our local plants
There is a link below to information on how to attract birds to your garden and feed them. Happy planting everyone.
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This page was created on 18 Feb 2020 and closes on 19 May 2020.