Date: 02 May 2012
The Department of Conservation (DOC) are concerned about the misuse of one of the local reserves close to Wanganui – Gordon Park Scenic Reserve which has had large amounts of household rubbish and garden waste dumped in the car park and tracks recently.
Garden waste dumped in the car park area
The local reserve situated on the corner of Kaimatira Road and No.3 line is managed by DOC but looked after by the Friends of Gordon Park who help keep the reserve free of invasive weeds by meeting twice a month with gloves and spades to remove non-native plants. Aside from weeding, the friends often find themselves picking up undesirable rubbish and just as undesirable garden waste. Colin Ogle, Chair of the Friends of Gordon Park, says ‘We have bagged up lots agapanthus roots, fairy crassula pieces, montbretia corms and other dumped garden plants. Such plants are of great concern because they can establish in the reserve. Time spent clearing rubbish is time that could be better spent by the volunteers in managing the reserve. It also costs DOC – i.e. all taxpayers - to carry and deposit rubbish to a waste management depot.”
Gordon Park is a rare remnant of kahikatea dominated forest which once would have covered the river valley floors throughout the Whanganui district. The reserve is home to some rare and uncommon plants and many native birds, insects and other invertebrates and is a reminder of what the region may have been like before it was cleared and settled.
“Gordon Park is a great spot and is there for the public to use and enjoy, we would like the public to be vigilant and keep us informed if they see rubbish being dumped or the park being misused. Anyone caught dumping garden waste in public reserves may be prosecuted” says George Taylor, Visitor Asset Manager.
Adele Meyer email@example.com