Mahoe Reserve Weedbusting
The Mahoe Reserve, situated in Boundary Road, Lincoln, opposite the High School is a native regeneration project that was started by Lincoln High School students and members of the local community in an old shingle pit. It is now looked after by the Mahoe Committee, a subcommittee of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. We are recreating vegetation similar to the scrub, woodland and forest that was prevalent in the Lincoln area up until a few thousand years ago when the Waimakariri river changed its course and came through the Lincoln area. This explains the presence of the shingle beds. The recovering woody vegetation then was destroyed again by fires around 700 years ago and later by the introduction of agriculture and permanent settlement about 150 years ago. The plants used in the restoration are all locally sourced to be genetically as close as possible to the original plants. Planting was started in 2003. Unfortunately the shingle pit was used as an unofficial rubbish dump for many years, including for garden waste. This may explain the problems we have with weeds, including convolvulus, hemlock, gorse, broom and many, many other weeds.
Working bees are held on the first Sunday of the month, starting at 2.00pm. Volunteers need to bring tools, hats, sunscreen, their own refreshments, however there is a water fountain at the Reserve.
Contact Sue Jarvis 03 329 5858 for more information. More information about the reserve can be found on: www.lincolnenvirotown.org.nz