Three new podocarp forests in the Hutt Valley
The opportunity to grow podocarp forests on flat valley floors is rare but that is what we can do. Waiu wetland would have been cloaked in podocarps. During October, 400 kahikatea were planted in the wet places in Waiu. Tracks now need to be cut through gorse and flax to allow planting of the other podocarps – rimu, miro, matai, and totara in suitable areas in the valley. We have ordered 100 of each species. We won’t notice much difference for some years but then podocarps will poke their heads above the gorse and make their presence known.
Manor Park Golf Course
Similar to Waiu but in the main Hutt Valley and a smaller area, this is another opportunity to create a valley bottom podocarp forest. 200 kahikatea have been planted. Removal of weeds is proceeding.
This stream is in Upper Hutt but we are associated with Friends of Mawaihakona in planting this 1.2km long 40-metre wide podocarp forest. Willows have been poisoned. 1200 trees have been planted. We are indebted to St Patricks College for agreeing to allow the planting that has been done this year.
Our ecological corridor project is our grand conservation plan for the Wellington region. We are connecting the dots of native bush as well as the regional parks to create ecological corridors for native birds and creatures. One will be close to where you live.
Lower Hutt F&B has eight areas which it considers to be its ecological treasures. They are six forest areas, one wetland area, and Matiu/Somes Island.
We remove weeds and grow eco-sourced plants and revegetate selected public areas. You are welcome to come along and take part in these restoration projects.
Giving nature a voice
Lower Hutt F&B has a history of giving nature a voice by initiating and campaigning for the protection of land that has natural values worthy of protection.
Lower Hutt F&B has had a significant involvement in three very large projects, the makeover of Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve, Matiu/Somes island restoration and revegetation of the Pencarrow Lakes.
Fish-climbing ropes have been installed in Korokoro Stream. The ropes will enable native fish to overcome the lower and upper dams, and make the stream more habitable for them.