A project to restore a neglected gully, overgrown with weed and littered with rubbish, that runs between Epuni Street and Tanera Park in Aro Valley. Our vision is that this 'wilderness' area will, in time, resemble a pre-European forest.
The site is being cleared of the usual Wellington suite of weeds including wattle, blackberry, ivy, old man’s beard, cathedral bells, montbretia, Darwin's barberry etc. and planted out with original species to supplement the resurgent native flora of mahoe and mamaku. We are also actively trapping all the usual assortment of undesirable pest animals.
Although relatively small in area the site is important to the ongoing 'Natural Pathways' corridor concept of our branch; a link in a chain of open space islands from Otari, through Zealandia to Central Park and south coast. It is situated between Central Park and Polhill Gully and is a roosting site for kaka in the large, mature pines [several of which have toppled or are close to doing so].
This F&B project was commenced in 2014 and is a partnership with Wellington City Council under a MoU agreement, it has keen local interest and support. It's close proximity to the CBD and recreational value make it an attractive site for casual voluntary help.
Assistance with the trapping, planting and releasing is always welcome. Work sessions are held on the first Sunday of each month 2pm - 4pm.