Riparian planting workshop with Craigmore

Brilliant autumn sunshine greeted the 40 attendees at the riparian planting workshop held in the Kakanui in mid-May. The event was hosted by Craigmore Farming at their Waiareka Dairy Farm on Pig Island Road, Windsor. Attendees were presented with details of the steps to the successful establishment of riparian plantings alongside waterways and an outline of the benefits gained from plantings once established. That session was followed by a BBQ and a visit to view one year-old plantings in a section alongside Waiareka Stream which runs adjacent to the Alps to Ocean cycleway.

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Organised as a key event in the annual programme of the Kakanui Community Catchment Project (KCCP), the workshop day gave a realistic picture of getting riparian planting included into annual farm activities and the potential future payoffs for beginning plantings as soon as practicable.

A very hands on, practical outline of the commitment involved with undertaking a riparian planting programme was given by Roan Lee of Rakaunui Nurseries who is undertaking the plantings on the Craigmore properties in the catchment.

Roan emphasised the importance of follow-up maintenance to avoid plants getting smothered in grass and weeds. Spraying around the plantings need to be done carefully probably twice a year (for the first three years) to reduce competition and let the young plants get away and gain some height.

North Otago sheep and beef farmer Jane Smith summarised the day as “brilliant– a wonderful field day, and excellent turnout and interest. It was pitched perfectly at the right level. The balance of sharing valuable information, a BBQ lunch then followed by site visit and doing some hands on planting hands on worked really well.”

Nicola Holmes, local coordinator for the NZ Landcare Trust project said the feedback on the event was very positive and that the objective of ensuring farmers left with more confidence about starting the process on their own properties had been met. She encouraged farmers to consider working together to plant up each other’s farms and then undertake maintenance so the job becomes a social occasion as well. “Collaborating together enables learning from each other and the sharing of ideas”.