Southland Riparian Planting Project
A vision of all Southland’s waterways connected by riparian plantings is at the root of the Southland Riparian Planting Project.
Riparian planting has important benefits for biodiversity, freshwater and the health of our waterways. The Southland Riparian Planting Project aims to improve water quality and biodiversity in our streams and rivers.
The project had its beginnings in a pilot programme in the Gore, Charlton and Waimumu areas in 2020-21, with about 30,000 seedlings planted, working alongside about 20 farmers.
The project aims to get up to 10,000 native plants in the ground each year from 2022-2024.
What is being offered:
The Southland Riparian Project is offering to help landowners plant areas on their property that already have stock-proof fencing.
Landowners and Environment Southland will sign an agreement to help with the management of your riparian site over three years. This includes:
• Plants are being offered in packs of 50 at cost price, with a limit of 10 packs (500 plants) per land owner.
• Plant protectors are included with each pack.
• To give your riparian areas every chance to survive and thrive, we’ll work with you and your contractors to deliver the plants, and to provide advice on best methods for planting and maintenance.
• Our land sustainability officers will provide you with advice and assistance where needed to prepare riparian plans and management systems across your farm.
If you would like to get involved with this project or know someone who might be interested, please contact the Catchment Integration Team at Environment Southland on 0800 768 845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org A land sustainability officer will be in contact to arrange a site visit and begin the process.
For more information on riparian planting and management in Southland click here.