Upper Hutt

About Us

The Upper Hutt branch works to protect areas of regenerating native forest, our precious Hutt River and other waterways in the region.

We are also restoring areas to their natural state by planting natives and with pest control programmes.  

Monthly branch meetings are held with entertaining and enlightening speakers, every 4th Tuesday of month at Hapai Rooms, Fergusson Drive (Just north of Police Station).

​All Welcome.

Local Projects

The branch’s main project is restoring the health of Hull’s Creek at Silverstream by planting native plants along its banks.

The main planting site this year is near Field Street in Silverstream.

Mawaihakona Stream has also had some recent planting; the entrance to Trentham park is now looking much greener.

We welcome people to join us on our monthly working bees.  Contact Sue Millar: 526 7440

Get involved

Upper Hutt branch offers many volunteer opportunities to get involved with local conservation, including regular planting sessions, working bees, potting up native seedlings (Tues mornings, 9am - 12pm Park St Depot).   Sue Millar: 526 7440 

Ecclesfield Reserve

Experience native beech forest at Ecclesfield Reserve, a Forest & Bird-owned reserve in Silverstream. Take the track to Te Kouka lookout for excellent views of the surrounding area. Forest & Bird has ongoing pest control in the reserve.  Contact Leo & Lynne Smith 528 3171

Old Man's Beard Project

A group from Forest& Bird Upper Hutt Branch and local volunteers have been working away each week to cut back and poison the Old Man’s Beard vine that had taken over parts of the bush and was threatening to collapse the bush canopy along River Road, Upper Hutt.

 Since July 2016 we have worked our way north along River Road and have completed cutting and pasting to Moonshine Road.  We have done just over 500 volunteer hours as a dedicated group and are really proud of what has been achieved with our weekly working bees. .

With the River Road section successfully under control, we have moved onto a major infestation area below Riverstone, opposite Whakatiki Street. This area follows the walkway from Moonshine Bridge north to Whakatiki River. There have been other areas identified in Whitemans Valley, Mangaroa Valley, Birchville, Maymorn Road, Mangaroa Hill- to name a few. We would love to have some more community volunteers to help with this work and they can contact us via email UpperHutt.Branch@forestandbird.org.nz

Forest & Bird Upper Hutt would like to eradicate this weed from our city and rural area, so if you have it on your property or know of it near you, you can contact us via our email address or contact Greater Wellington Regional Council Biosecurity Department  or Upper Hutt City Council.

Let’s get Upper Hutt Old Man’s Beard free!