A project to clear exotic and invasive pest plants, abandoned cars, and household rubbish from a neglected reserve with artificial bog [created during the construction of the Wilton sub-station] and transform it into one that resembles a natural forest and wetland.
The open aspect of the valley floor contrasts with the dense vegetation of the surrounding native forest with emergent and canopy trees that enhance the lush profusion of form created by the native plant understorey and leaf litter. Native grass, sedge and rushes enhance the attractive wetland and picnic area. The stream is flanked by riparian habitat; its high quality water home to a myriad of freshwater life forms. There is an abundance of bird life.
The site is in ecological balance, self-sustaining and a seed source. Key indicator species are present and reflect the importance of the bio-diversity aspect of the site to the “Natural Pathways” project
Weed and pest incursion is controlled to keep the site substantially free of unwanted and invasive plants and animals and to maintain endemic biodiversity.
- December 2011 - 2013 concept approved; project plan developed; MoU with Wellington City Council agreed
- 2015 - 2016 site assessment and management plan; in-fill planting of kahikatea and puketea; chew card survey; trapping stations installed; photo point images taken.
- 2017 - 2018 Greenwood Trust funded tools and equipment; phase 1 of Darwin's barberry clearance.
- 2019 - 2020 clearing Darwin's barberry
- 2021 - Darwin's barberry clearance, commence blackberry clearance and planting the wetland
The first Sunday of the month (excluding January) from 9am to midday. There are also sessions each Tuesday afternoon between 1:30pm and 4:30pm. If you would like to assist please contact the project coordinator.
What can you do
- take a walk in the reserve [off Chartwell Drive, Crofton Downs]
- contact the project coordinator to volunteer
- consult and bookmark the Weedbuster website; remove invasive exotic plants from your garden and replace with New Zealand natives
- talk to friends and colleagues about pest plants and help us rid Wellington’s open spaces of these garden escapee’s
- join your local predator free group