Introduction

The Department of Conservation has recently upgraded the Tripp Street picnic area in Talbot Forest, Geraldine, Canterbury, with a new road, parking, drainage and earthworks.

Date:  25 February 2010

The Department of Conservation has recently upgraded the Tripp Street picnic area in Talbot Forest, Geraldine, with a new road, parking, drainage and earthworks.

New lawns will be sown from mid-March, with picnic tables to follow. This area will be completed with the planting of large areas of native vegetation.

“We are now turning our attentions toward the Tōtara Street picnic area,” said Carl Jones, project manager.

“Following consultation with the Talbot Forest Working Group and Timaru District Council, designs are currently being drafted to remove the central vehicle entrance and access road as this has very poor visibility for visitors.”

Map Talbot Forest.
Map of Talbot Forest

The remaining vehicle entrance, near the junction with Davies Street, will be widened and a small car park developed.  We also plan to restore native forest to much of the open space,” said Mr Jones.

The design for the area includes creating a smaller area of open space with picnic tables that will be placed to take advantage of the views. The Kahikatea Track will be improved and extended through the new forest planting to connect with the new play space and car park.

It is hoped that construction work at Tōtara Street will start in April and that planting in both picnic areas will take place in August.

For further information or comments please contact the project manager, Carl Jones, on + 64 3 693 1074 or at crjones@doc.govt.nz.

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