Topsoil-for-gravel deal to make city greener

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2013
Soil in Christchurch
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

NOT JUST DIRT: Topsoil has been brought into the central city to reduce dust and bring back the gardens.

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A dirt swap will bring gardens back to central Christchurch.

About 2500 cubic metres of topsoil from the Prestons Rd development on the northern outskirts of Christchurch has been donated to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) for the greening of several empty sites near the intersection of Kilmore and Manchester streets.

"The northwesterlies blow up the dust and it's a nuisance," Cera general manager of operations Baden Ewart said.

"[The topsoil] will improve the site visually and suppress dust."

The topsoil will be spread over about 10,000 square metres and then hydroseeded.

"In about 20 days it will have grass and wildflowers," Cera contracts manager Tim Pow said.

In return, the Prestons Rd developers will get about 200cum of gravel to be used under the roads at the new subdivision.

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