[29 June/The Country]

Dannevirke High School students joined Horizons Regional Council last week to establish a wetland area around a waterway on Readlands Farm. Horizons freshwater advisor Margot Richardson reported 2000 native plants went in the ground to create a riparian margin along one kilometre of the waterway. Richardson commented on their work with the Reads for a couple of years, fencing off all waterways on their farm to exclude stock.  The plants chosen for this site are a mix of nursery species that will kick-start the native regeneration of the area by providing shade and space for further growth. They were also eco-sourced from the Tararua to give them the best chance of survival.