Spinifex harvest a help for bay dunes

19:39, Mar 19 2014
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HARVESTING: Rhonda Chamberlain, left, and Shelly Scott gather spinifex at Caroline Bay.

Two Waimate women were enjoying the sunshine at Caroline Bay yesterday in the name of work.

Hedford Propagators employees Ronda Chamberlain and Shelly Scott were walking along the sand dunes collecting the native grass spinifex to propagate for the Timaru District Council.

Spinifex provides support to the sand dunes, ensuring they do not collapse.

The women collected the seed bunches that had already come away from the plants.

"We're trying to catch them before the wind takes them away," Mrs Chamberlain said.

Hedford Propagator owner Robynne Hayman said spinifex was difficult to propagate, but they had figured out a method that worked to maintain the council supplies of the native plant.

"The seeds we take from the council are just for them.

"It is very hard to tell with the plant if it is going to germinate each year so stock amounts vary from year to year," Ms Hayman said.


The Timaru Herald