Volcano to Sea is an urban community catchment restoration project by NZ Landcare Trust helping the local community to improve their environment. Based in Howick, Auckland this innovative three year project aims to capture the enthusiasm and energy of the local community, enabling them to make a positive contribution to their local environment. This catchment scale project will create an ecological corridor linking a dormant volcano called Pigeon Mountain/O Huiarangi with the sea via Wakaaranga Creek, Pakuranga Stream and the Tamaki River.
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To expand native vegetation in the Town Belt on Mt Victoria and to improve its biodiversity.
To re-introduce species natural to the podocarp/broadleaf forest of the wellington peninsular.
The plants, as far as we know, are native to this area. There are over 7,000 plants made of from about 100 species.
As the plants are becoming established bird numbers are increasing and we are encouraging other wild life.
This area is a steep gulley formed primarily through reclamation of Kelburn Park above it, largely with material from the motorway excavation. The primary aim is to create an understory of natives to replace through attrition the existing mature Ash and Sycamore forest. Plants are also selected to attract native birds and other species, such as skinks and gecko. Some planting of non-native crop species (e.g. nut trees) which do not require spraying is included to support community resilience.