The Wellington Natural Heritage Trust Inc (the Trust) owns a 65-ha property close to Wellington City that includes open space of high ecological value. Although not a reserve in law, the property is known as Long Gully Bush Reserve (LGBR). Clothed mostly in regenerating native forest, LGBR lies close to several other significant areas of protected native forest and is almost contiguous with Zealandia. The Trust’s land is protected in perpetuity by a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust open space covenant. The Trust is firmly committed to protecting LGBR’s native forest and ensuring that the process of natural regeneration takes place. Several neighbours have contributed parts of their properties to be managed together with the Trust’s land: the combined total is 107 ha. A goat-proof fence surrounds most of the area and animal pests within the fence are controlled. For the purposes of this document, the entire 107 ha is considered to be a single management area. The Trust’s covenant document requires that the Trust prepares a management plan for LGBR. A draft Management Statement was prepared by the QEII National Trust in 2000. The LGBR Management Plan draws on that document, together with other documentation held by the Wellington Natural Heritage Trust, discussions with trustees, neighbours, city and regional council staff, the Wellington Rural Fire Authority, the local QEII National Trust representative, NIWA and Landcare Research. The Trust is especially grateful to Glen Falconer of GWRC Biosecurity, who generously helped prepare the maps for this document. WHNT acknowledges the support of the World Wildlife Fund NZ, which provided most of the funds to prepare this management plan. The plan was written by Chris Cosslett and reviewed by Clive Anstey, Chris Horne, Barbara Mitcalfe, Tim Park and Colin Ryder of WNHT, and by Trevor Thompson of QEII National Trust.
Vision: Long Gully Bush Reserve is a flourishing native ecosystem where ecologically-appropriate restoration occurs unimpeded by pest animals and pest plants.