This restoration project co-ordinated by the Estuary Trust in 2015 is now handed over to local residents. Thistledown Reserve is a small yet orginal and unique wetland remnant. Fresh water from springs in this reserve flow into Streamwharf Creek which is a tributory of the Heathcote River.
The Estuary Trust was excited to work together with the City Council Park Rangers to restore this little wetland gem containing freshwater springs to its pre-Earthquake glory for both birds, fish and people to enjoy.
Funding for plants and equipment was received from the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board and Environment Canterbury's Immediate Steps Fund.
Local residents are now continuing this restoration project. Tasks include planting, pruning, weeding, watering and mulching.
Working bees for 2021 are on Saturdaymornings between 10am and 12 noon on ; 26 June - 31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 30 October - 27 November and 18 December. Meet at the end of Thistledown Place (off Hargood Street). We would love to see you there; just turn up on the day. tools provided.
PHOTOS displaying pathway through the reserve with local volunteer Louise working at a monthly working session.