Rain disrupts Bushtown work

19:26, Nov 20 2012
David Edh (9 years) & Holly Keach (10 years) take part in the more than 20,000 trees to be planted at Bushtown.

Rough weather hampered Waimate's Bushtown development on the weekend.

About 15 builders and volunteers were lined up to get the roof and sarking in place before the heavens opened.

Committee secretary Ann Dennison said work had been rescheduled and the roof was expected to go on this weekend.

She said the team managed to get a third of the roof on.

"There was quite an effort to get everything in place; it was quite an operation.

"The biggest challenge is the span and height; this will need careful orchestration because of the safety brief."


At this time of year, Bushtown also invites Waimate schools, kindergartens, youth groups and clubs to help plant native trees on site. About 1500 natives are being planted over the coming weeks with 12,000 planted to date.

Eventually, there will be 22,000.

Some 115 totara trees have already been planted by individuals and families, bearing their name plaques.

One of the original sawmills from the "Bushman" era is now in place. The committee and volunteers have clocked up 2586 hours in the past 12 months and about $62,000 has been raised since the project began in 2008.

Oral histories and stories of the sawmilling are being collected as part of the vision to develop Bushtown as a visitor heritage site. Information is being recorded through the Waimate Historical Association and stored until it can be incorporated into an auditorium on site.

The development has received support from the Southern Trust, Lion Foundation, Lotteries Board and the sale of demolition materials. Individuals, companies and institutions have also contributed.

The Timaru Herald