Focus on district's natural beauty

Last updated 11:29 16/08/2012

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David Clapperton, of the Horowhenua District Council, seeks public input into the future of the district (Driving Horowhenua, July 26).

Horowhenua has many natural beauties - Tararua Ranges, rivers, streams, and inland lakes, including Horowhenua and Waiwere (Papaitonga).

Maori and European history could be included in the development over time that will make tourists and others stop - not just pass through. Ideas for planning and development: 1. A walking/cycling track up the Ohau River from the bridge on State Highway 1 to the ranges, ultimately joining up with the walking track being developed for Queen St East and the national walking/tramping path in the ranges.

2. The mouth of the Manawatu River is a world-registered area for migratory and other birds, but there is little development of facilities that allow enthusiasts and others to observe the birds in the estuary.

3. The council could encourage farmers to protect the many small remnants of kahikatea (white pine) forests in the areas behind the sandhills along the coast by fencing and also encourage them to negotiate with the Queen Elizabeth Trust to ensure the future of these remnant native forests.

4. Levin's "London Plane' trees in Oxford St, planted for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, have passed their use-by date despite attempts to remedy their past butchery with pollarding. We suggest they be replaced to commemorate the present Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Plane trees are not suitable as they grow large and will have to be continually pruned. We hope a discussion among residents be encouraged by the council and your paper on suitable replacements and suggest the present trees be commemorated by plaque or other in Oxford St.

Gary Phillips

Levin

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