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Summit Road Society Incorporated
The Summit Road Society was formed in 1948 to further Harry Ell's vision to protect Christchurch's Port Hills and to provide access for the public by the Summit Road and a network of walking tracks. The Society has provided volunteers since it was formed to work on tracks and reserves. It also owns 150ha of regenerating bush above Governors Bay in Lyttelton Harbour (Ohinetahi Reserve), and a further 150ha of remnant and regenerating bush, native tussock grassland and the prominent volcanic cone of Gibraltar Rock at the southern end of the Port Hills (Omahu Bush). Both are subject to QEII National Trust covenants and are managed to encourage regeneration of native flora and to protect native fauna, and for public access via walking tracks. Volunteers maintain the tracks, control weed and animal pests and carry out some planting.