Hardy brave rain to plant reserve

EMMA HORSLEY
Last updated 12:00 13/08/2012
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GLORIOUS MUD: Ross Linklater and Marise Clark plant flax at the Linklater Reserve in Palmerston North.

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A few brave, dedicated souls weathered the rain to ensure Linklater Reserve in Palmerston North got a spruce up with some new plants.

A scheduled planting day looked set to be abandoned yesterday as the rain came down in sheets but a dozen people were not to be deterred and arrived, spades in gloved hands, to get the job done.

The call went out last week for volunteers to help plant more than 700 native kowhai, lemonwood, lacebark, manuka, kahikatea, cabbage trees and tree daisy as part of a community planting day at the reserve.

It took 16 years of planning, but the Linklater Reserve was opened to the Palmerston North public in May last year.

The 5.5-hectare block of land, on Kelvin Grove Rd, had its ground broken at the opening event by about 60 people who helped plant 2500 bushes and shrubs at the site.

And some of those people were back again yesterday. The reserve's development has been progressing, with both the walking track and pump track almost complete and previous plantings well established.

City councillor Ross Linklater, who used to own the land, was one of the people on site yesterday, putting the plants into their new home.

"It's amazing to see such strong community spirit here," he said.

"If we had been doing this [on Saturday] when the sun was shining I can only imagine how many people we would have had turn out."

Cr Linklater said that the reserve planting was really starting to take shape, but he admitted he was a little impatient to see it really take off.

"It never happens as fast as I would like to see it but that's me being impatient.

"It is great to see it being used by people and the walkways and bike tracks being enjoyed."

He said the plan for the reserve was taking shape steadily.

The group was planting a wetland and a bank with the natives.

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