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KERRIE WATERWORTH

Wanaka’s Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust will be able to keep growing, following the announcement of a $13,000 grant from the Central Lakes Trust towards the expansion of its nursery.

The Wanaka community-based native plant nursery specialises in propagating indigenous Upper Clutha plants for localised habitat restoration, but nursery manager Andrew Penniket said it had run out of space at its nursery in West Roys Bay.

“We have been overcrowded for several years now. This grant will allow us to expand the nursery, the grounds, irrigation and shelters.”

He said in the past few years the nursery had doubled its output, partly to meet the demand from the freshwater improvement projects which were rehabilitating wetlands.

On Saturday, more than 40 volunteers planted 200 swamp carex and flax in the Bullock Creek wetlands on the site of the former Fish & Game hatchery in Stone St, Wanaka.

Other organisations to benefit from Central Lakes Trust grants included Wanaka Search and Rescue, which received $21,110 for training and equipment, and the Queenstown Trails Trust, which was awarded more than $1.1million over two years for the realignment of the walking and biking trail from Frankton to Arrowtown, via Arthurs Point.

“This was our largest-ever grant and we need to honour that while fairly dispersing remaining funds for community need, which means any further commitment to cycleways is on hold from this point forward,” trust chief executive Susan Finlay said.

More than $1.3million of community funds were granted in the latest funding round.

kerrie.waterworth@odt.co.nz