Fonterra Area Manager for Mid Canterbury South, Antoinette Archer, says everyone had fun and it was a wonderful opportunity to help a great cause.
“As well as helping out with the planting, we ran the BBQ for the post-match event, and we also brought along some Calci-Yum to make sure the volunteers were well-fed. It was great seeing so many different people from different organisations spend a bit of their time to improve the river for everyone.”
The volunteers spent two hours planting along the trail, followed by the BBQ.
Riparian planting helps improve water quality as the plants act like filters, helping to slow down any surface water running off the land into the river. They also filter out nutrients and sediment, removing at least 60 per cent of nitrogen and 65 per cent of phosphorous. The plants also create shade which reduces weed growth and helps bring the water temperature down providing a healthier environment for water life.