Wenita replanted a wetland area in the Barnhill Block in Southland with indigenous species over winter, replacing the previously planted radiata pine.

The radiata trees were harvested and the area replanted in July with a mixture flax, coprosma, carex and cordyline species.

It was very labour intensive compared with planting bare-rooted radiata pine seedlings.

Approximately two hectares were planted with over 2000 plants. Each plant was protected with a weed/mulching mat and a biodegradable plastic shelter. These indigenous plants aren’t quite as hardy as radiata pine, so weed and pest control activities will be carried out as necessary at the site.

A similar wetland area in the Monowai Block will be planted next winter