For some years now the Trust has been discussing the future of the flat area below France Hut, which had become somewhat of an eyesore, and prone to flooding in weather events. The water that flows through the area rises in the Hanger, and flows through Magnolia Gully, a series of dams that act as nutrient filters, out between Chinese and Japanese sections, across France Flat and under State Highway 2 into Lake Tutira.
The thought of building a wetland area was prominent, however it became apparent that the cost of building and planting out a series of ponds and walkways was well beyond the resources of the Trust. Most funding for wetlands is contingent on the planting of indigenous species only, which while admirable in most circumstances, does not fit with the Trust’s thinking of bio-diversity in the widest sense in the modern world; so the decision was made to go with funding we had already secured, and clean out and deepen the existing channel and to dig a small dam in the northern corner, which in turn will overflow into the existing culvert under the highway.
The Trustees of the Guthrie Smith Trust would like to thank the Springhill Trust for their generous contribution towards the work done in the France Flat area.