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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.
Coolidge Street restoration project.
Aim: To clear a former rubbish dump and replant with suitable native plants.
Vision To create an inner city sanctum of native forest that will sustain native bird life all year round.
Special feature: Stream with threatened native fish.
Current activities: Maintaining and adding to plantings now in place.
Our vision is “An aquatic pathway from the Trentham Hills to the Hutt River, alive with native fish and birdlife, and providing a living record of the vegetation sequence that once existed. A place that enhances people's living environment and where people learn how natural ecosystems function through working on a project in their backyard.”
Summary: The land was cleared for the motorway, and then planted and invaded by weed species. We are turning it into native podocarp-broadleaf forest, enhancing the native invertebrate communities, and providing habitat for native birds.