A picturesque spot overlooking Lake Hawea has been transformed thanks to the efforts of the ‘‘Thursday Group’’.
A solitary gum tree in a park off Flora Dora Parade was popular for tourists and newly married couples, earning it the nickname the ‘‘wedding tree’’.
The area has become even more beautiful thanks to the efforts of the Lake Hawea Foreshore Working Group.
Co-ordinator John Langley said each week on a Thursday about ten people had been taking part in a revegetation programme, removing the lupin and replacing it with native plants.
‘‘We call it the Thursday Group.’’
The whole hillside was covered in lupin, which was a pest weed, Mr Langley said.
Last winter, the group began stripping away the lupin, and over the past month had covered the hillside by the gum tree with more than 200 native plants.
The project cost about $3500 which was paid for by the Hawea Community Association, he said.
An irrigation system had also been donated by Andrew and Sue Penniket, of Minaret Peaks vineyard.
The native plants included toetoe — cortaderia richardii, korokia — corokia cotoneaster, koromiko — hebe salicifolia, Wharariki (mountain flax) — phormium cookianum and harakeke (New Zealand flax) — phormium tenax.
The ‘‘Thursday Group’’ had a memorandum of understanding with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to help with weed control and revegetation for an area overlooking the lake that extended from the beginning of Capell Ave to the end of the township.