What is riparian planting?
Riparian planting is re-introducing strips of vegetation along the border of waterways. This creates a riparian zone which is the interface between the land and the river or stream.
Why is it important?
Riparian planting plays a critical role to the health of the surrounding land and waterways, with the plants:
Wattie’s planting for waterways
On 17th July 2019 Wattie’s begins their journey to help improve the health of the Karamu stream through riparian planting. Wattie’s are working with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council to plant native trees that will improve both the waterways and the land on the Hasting orchard, leased and operated by Heinz Wattie’s.
In this initial planting programme, 3,000 trees, shrubs and grasses – all natives – will be planted along a 400m stretch of waterway by around 30 people. This is a partnership involving Heinz Wattie’s and several its business partners/suppliers, as well as Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
Bruce Mackay, Wattie’s Senior Crop Supply Agronomist (aka ‘the science and plant man’) has been leading the charge with Grace Barclay, Assistant Agronomist saying “this is just one step on a journey to improve our local waterways that we’re excited to continue over the coming years.”
Karamu Stream (before)
Karamu Stream (after)
The Wattie's Riparian PlantingTeam
Great team, great day out, great benefits for the waterways!
The first annual Wattie’s riparian planting in Hawkes Bay has been a success. The hard-working team planted 3,000 trees in a single day.