Milestone for Bushy Pt volunteers

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Otatara Landcare Group  chairman Barry Smith with some of the planting completed during the 10,000 hours of volunteer work at Bushy Point Reserve.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Otatara Landcare Group chairman Barry Smith with some of the planting completed during the 10,000 hours of volunteer work at Bushy Point Reserve.

The Otatara Landcare Group has hit a significant milestone - 10,000 hours of volunteer work at Bushy Point Reserve.

Bushy Point is the landcare group's main "hands on" activity and aims to enhance the local habitat, raise awareness of native forests, and provide a long-term ecological project.

Volunteer Barry Smith said the vision for the area had always been to plant a forest corridor linking two bush areas.

Originally they thought the planting would take a lot longer, but thanks to a huge turnout at the Living Legends national planting day in 2011 they got more than 3000 plants in the ground in three years.

The group had also undertaken pest busting, native bird rescue, and many other projects in the area.

The group had a celebratory dinner at the Otatara Community Hall on Friday.

The Southland Times