About 1800 plants have been added to a stretch of the Manawatu Riverside pathway, a small step in a project that will eventually link Palmerston North to Woodville.
About 80 volunteers turned out on the weekend to plant a section of the walkway near Buick Cres. Horizons Regional Council environmental management officer Neil Mickleson said the turnout showed how much people cared about the environment.
The species planted included flaxes and kowhai that would help attract bird life, he said.
The widening of the Buick Cres section of the walkway was the last piece of widening needed in Palmerston North.
Construction is under way on the walkway linking Palmerston North to Ashhurst while plans are still under way for a pedestrian and cycling link over the Manawatu River at Ashhurst and a mountainbike track through the Manawatu Gorge.
Mickleson said: "In the distant future, though hopefully not too long, you'll be able to cycle from Maxwells Line to Woodville, that's huge, and without going on the main road once."
- Manawatu Standard
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