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Planting springs to life on Kapiti expressway

Planting springs to life on Kapiti expressway

With the equivalent to 25 plants for every Kapiti resident, New Zealand Transport Agency’s acting Wellington highways manager, Neil Walker, said the work involved 1.3 million locally sourced, primarily native plants to cover 140 hectares of land.

The area of wetland habitat on the Kapiti Coast would also get a boost with five square metres of wetland replacing every square metre lost or removed because of the expressway’s construction.

“It is more than just an expressway. We want to create a scenic drive, a shared pathway and an enduring corridor of plant life. The work will improve the local biodiversity and ecological connections on the Kapiti Coast, helping flora and fauna to thrive,” Walker said.

M2PP Alliance project manager Alan Orange agreed.

“We also expect to see our local bird, lizard and native fish populations grow as a result of the landscaping and planting work.

“Our ecologists are working closely with the construction team to make sure we protect Kapiti’s precious native resources,” he said.

Planting began last week with a small local team. If people were interested in landscaping jobs, they could contact the M2PP Alliance to assist

Read the full article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/68038257/planting-springs-to-life-on-kapiti-expressway