A site within the Eastern Frame of the central city has running water on its surface, springing up from a hole bored into the top aquifer. It is at the corner of Madras and Armagh Streets; and in pre-European days there was a stream close by. In conjunction with local-resident landscape designer Di Lucas and her associates, including Amanda, we had planned to make a designed wetland garden here in mid-2013 for which we had access permission from CERA (via LiVs). “UNFORTUNATELY (says Rhys Taylor, former GtR Coordinator) we find that the land has been requisitioned for a car park by May 2014, for the adjacent Margaret Mahy Amazing Place playground… so that the active kids who come there to play will only have to walk the minimum distance from their cars! In a city centre currently so full of bleak open spaces, that’s disappointing, to say the least!”
The site was used until May 2013 for a Two Degrees Mobile cellphone mast on wheels – we followed on from their temporary use by weeding it in July and earthworks began in October, assisted by HirePool. Two Degrees offered to help sponsor our garden-making!
Our first action was litter picking and some control of invasive weeds, in December, assisted by volunteers from Pegasus Health and again by a team in May, led by Judith and Jonathan, whilst the cellphone tower was in place.
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