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Stop the Dunes rising and save $$$

0 Comments 03 October 2015

Stop the dunes rising and save $$$

SandinWindEar1Let’s help CoastCare plant to catch the sand low.

Left: See how the spinifex is catching the sand and keeping front dune low?

From CoastCare:  “Council has offered us some plants that would otherwise have gone to waste, so we are putting them into the area north of Lion Rock Corner (Marine Parade South).  Spinifex will be used to fill in bare areas and guide people towards fenced accessways, while Pingao will be put in to increase the biodiversity of the dunes and enhance the ability of the plants to trap sand.

Dune Planting is easy work and an ideal opportunity to include children, grandchildren, neighbours etc. Get together for a cuppa at number 59 when we’ve finished .”

Date: October 11th  Time:  9.30 – 12.00

Bring : Children, Strong footwear, gloves, spade (or use ours)

Spinifex – Grasslands – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Spinifex sericeus (often just called spinifex) is the most important native sand-binding grass in New Zealand. It is found mainly in the dunelands of the North Island and around Nelson and Marlborough. In the past, specimens were collected much further south, from Canterbury and around Dunedin. Spinifex favours dunes immediately behind the beach. It can tolerate high winds, salt spray and shifting sands.

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