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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:47am

A mother, grandmother and two children walk the new walkway

The banks of the Liffey have taken on a new look along a popular lockdown walking route in Lincoln.

A new 450 metre walkway along the Liffey Stream between Southfield Drive and Jimmy Adams Terrace was officially opened last week, after the last of more than 3400 plants was planted along the route.

It completes walkway links from the Lincoln town centre to the wetlands and restores a previously overgrown section of the Liffey, Council Land Development Project Manager Phillip Millar says.

Contractors worked hard to have the walkway ready for use the day before the Level 4 Lockdown. Councillor Grant Miller says the walkway proved popular during the lockdown. “People were coming to use the walkway from other townships nearby because they loved it that much, which gives you an idea of the quality of work that has gone on here.”

Final planting and landscaping was finished once restrictions were relaxed.

Pupils from the neighbouring Ararira Springs Primary and Lincoln University students helped plant 2600 native trees and plants, working alongside contractors Burnside Contracting, McLenaghan Contracting and Natural Habitats.

Some existing plants and trees have been retained to blend with the native species supporting the stream’s vibrant population of native fish and birds, Council Biodiversity Officer Andy Spanton says.
“We’re trying to do it in a way that it will look like what you would have found here 200 years ago.”