About 25 people attended a Mid Winter Wander last week, hosted by Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust to inspect areas of native plants that have been planted over several years at Lookout Reserve and Shaky Bridge Reserve in Alexandra.

Both sites are on the banks of the Manuherikia River and plants required added protection from rabbits.

Beverley Thomson, a trustee and volunteer for Haehaeata and the chairwoman of Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful (KACB), said the plantings were an initiative of KACB with aid from the trust and the Central Otago District Council.

‘‘KACB has been paying half the cost of irrigation with Central Otago District Council at Lookout Point, and we got a council grant from the Vincent Community Board for irrigation at Shaky Bridge,’’ she said.

Rabbit›proof netting cages had to be erected around each plant, but the result was worth the effort, Ms Thomson said.

‘‘People certainly think it’s a good idea and we got a good turnout to our last working bee.’’