Land dwelling species including humans depend on plants for their survival. Plants provide food , regulate our water, air and climate. They are the foundation of life on this planet. As we destroy habitat (plant life) we cause our birds, reptiles and invertebrates to die out.
The Plant Restoration Group is helping to put back what we have lost – habitat. We are doing this by supplying young healthy plants to Karori Sanctuary, community groups and our own re -vegetation programs.
If you would like to help us please contact the nursery co-ordinator and also refer to our diary of events at the bottom of this page.
This Forest and Bird plant propagation facility began life as an integral part of Wellington Branch members vision of a sanctuary on the site of the Karori reservoir. It was their pioneering work that led to the Karori Sanctuary we know today.
This facility continues to supply around 3,000 plants annually to the Sanctuary from its site in Highbury. It has capacity to grow 12,000 plants annually in its many shade houses and endeavours to propagate 94 different species, many of which are regionally rare. It is maintained entirely by volunteers from Forest and Bird and Karori Sanctuary with assistance from other groups and individuals.
Plants are grown from locally sourced seed and cuttings and supplied to restoration projects in the Wellington region. The operation is funded by grants with any shortfall paid by the Branch. It also receives donations of material for its infrastructure.
Work is voluntary.
There are sessions every other weekend on alternate Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:30pm and most Tuesday mornings starting at 9:15am. All sessions are about 3 hrs in duration and made more enjoyable by the relaxed social atmosphere.
We are very grateful to the people who volunteer their time and also to the organisations and individuals who finance the infrastructure and consumable material. Without this support we could not provide this facility.
If you are interested in helping please email our nursery co-ordinator
Our thanks to:
Wellington Community Trust
The Greenwood Environmental Trust
Lotteries Grants Board
NZ Community Trust
James Sharon Watson Conservation Trust
Trust House Charitable Trust