For the second year in a row, Boffa Miskell’s Christchurch office held a planting day in lieu of giving gifts to clients at Christmas time.
Last year the Boffa Miskell team worked alongside members of the Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust, and added 500 native plants to Otamahua/Quail Island, located in Lyttelton Harbour.
This year, on a glorious 20-degree sunny day in April, our group travelled out to Pegasus Town to plant 625 plants in a spot close to the Western Conservation area within the town. This site was suggested by the Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, who are regenerating native plants in the Tūhaitara Coastal Park, which is owned by the Trust.
The Coastal Park is made up of a number of ecosystems including the fore and back dunes; exotic plantation and coastal protection plantings; and the coastal freshwater network made up of a series of wetlands, a lagoon and streams which run parallel to the sea and connect the Waimakariri and Ashley Rakahuri Braided Rivers. The Trust has a 200-year plan to rehabilitate the lands to an indigenous coastal ecosystem supporting a diverse range of native flora and fauna and providing sustainable mahinga kai.
The Christchurch office has a close connection with Pegasus Town, starting with managing the resource consent application for the development in 2002. Since then, many consultants across most of our disciplines have worked on this project, and we had previously undertaken design work in the area in which we were planting. We even found some before photos of the site taken in 2009.
These planting days are a rewarding exercise for all those who take part, giving our consultants the opportunity to get out of the office and into the community, work together as a team, and leave a legacy for others to enjoy. Big thanks go out to the representatives from the Te Ao Tūroa (Natural Environment) team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for helping us with the planting, and to the Te Ara Kākāriki Trust who provided us with a shelter, spades, gloves and other essentials for the day.
4 May 2018