An open invitation is extended for the public to participate in a ‘Planting Event’, with the goal of establishing 800 native plants in a swale area in the park.
This key event in the ongoing development of the Halswell Quarry Park is planned for Saturday 22nd September.
Halswell Quarry is a unique 60.4 hectare park, with an unusual combination of recreational walks, historic sites and botanical collections. Important historic buildings from the quarrymen’s days are being preserved and the once noisy rock face is now a quiet amphitheatre facing onto a parkland of short walks and wetland ponds. Halswell Quarry also features six sister city gardens and a Canterbury botanical collection. Tracks, viewing points and three car parking areas have made the park increasingly popular for walking and other recreational activities over the last decade. Halswell Quarry, which played a major role in the development of Christchurch, ceased production in 1990 after 140 years of quarrying. Its fine blue-grey stone can be seen in many of the city's prominent buildings including the Canterbury Museum and Provincial Council Buildings. This will be an ongoing partnership between the community, Trees for Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council.
The event is scheduled between 10.00am and 12 noon (followed by BBQ) on Saturday 22nd September at the Halswell Quarry Park situated off Kennedy’s Bush Road.
Please assemble in the car-park, look for the signs at the carpark entrance of the Sister Cities' Gardens directing you to the planting site from there. Look for the signs. Bring along family, friends and a spade.