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We use the term ‘representative’ because there are limitations to full restoration, such as species that have since become extinct and exotic species that cannot be controlled or excluded. The context in which we are working has also irreversibly changed. What was once part of a vast unbroken ecosystem is now essentially a 225ha island surrounded by suburbs and scrubland.
Fencing of areas from grazing stock
Shaded Park Picnic area on the flat, Native plantings on slip prone areas
To reinstate the forest that was in this area prior to the arrival of humans to Aotearoa. It was a broadleaf emerging podocarp forest with Totara and Tawa.
We aim to bring back the birdsong to the bush and have 17.5 hectares of land to work on.
Volunteers adopt a spot have not great knowledge of the type of trees to plant but with guidance from myself are keen.
We do need more publicity to recruit volunteers and would like someone to do pest control.
Funding to put notice board up at start of track.
Herbert Guthrie-Smith was a remarkable New Zealander. Born in Scotland in 1861 he immigrated to NZ in 1880, and in 1882 commenced developing a 20,000 hectare property at Tutira in Hawke's Bay. During his lifetime he experienced the highs and lows of pastoral farming, and in the process observed and meticulously recorded every feature of his land and how it changed as a result of his farming activities. He became a committed conservationist.
Bruce’s vision for the Marae included a “bush and bird reserve” and the adjoining Home of Compassion made the Project land available to the Marae so that it could become such a reserve.
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.