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Kelburn Gulley Planting Group
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.
Planting in the area commenced with locally self-propogated natives from 2002, and in 2008 the volunteer group was formed.
Much of the broken glass and rubbish has been removed and many of the weed problems are under reasonable control (Wandering Jew, Ivy, Old Man’s Beard, Onion Weed). There is significant scope for expansion of the coverage to the area bounded by the motorway around towards the university. A problem not under control is suckering English Elms.