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Upper Hutt

Tui sitting on a branch
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Tūī are a common garden bird in areas where pest control is being carried out. Credit: Craig McKenzie

North Island

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 Hutt Valley Riding for the Disabled, County Lane, Silverstream @ 7.30pm.

​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

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

The group working throughout Upper Hutt to remove this invasive vine. We have completed River Road and are now working in many areas around Upper Hutt.

We would love to have some more community volunteers to help with this work and they can contact us via email

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

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Pest Free Upper Hutt

Forest and Bird Upper Hutt have embarked on an ambitious project in your community, to get our valleys resonating with birdsong and bustling with native lizards. We will see tūī and kererū weaving through our trees and flocking across our valleys and hear the melodious call of bellbirds and the chatter of silvereyes. But currently rats and stoats are killing and eating eggs and chicks in their nests and rats and possums are eating the birds' food sources: native trees, fruit and seeds. Pest Free Upper Hutt is a community-led programme and is looking for volunteer backyard trappers in their local neighbourhoods. Join us in eradicating rats, stoats and possums in your area.


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 

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