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Willowbank Care Group

Year Started: 
Contact Person: 
Michael Pringle
Phone Number: 
+64 21 119 6714
E-mail address: 
Group Members: 
Boscobel Lane
Wellington 5028
New Zealand

This group is for those in the vicinity of Willowbank Scenic Reserve, Tawa, Wellington, who want to help to look after the ecology and heritage of the area, which is 5.5 ha in size. This means doing planting of native vegetation, looking after those plants, picking up litter, caring for the stream and the eels and other life within the stream, combating pests such as blackberry, broome, gorse, convovulus and whatever else is growing there, cherishing and enhancing the heritage and ecological values.

Our group has been working in the Willowbank Reserve near the Takapu Rd railway station for several years.

We invite people who use the Reserve whether cycling, running, walking your dog/s etc or passing through on the way to the railway station to join us on the


The WCC has cleared a large area of blackberry near the Scout Hall and the Z station. The pictures below show the "before and after" progress. Now, it is time to plant out the area with gorgeous new natives, and we need YOUR help.
The Care Group has had working bees with the scouts and Friends of Tawa Bush to remove many years of rubbish from this area as well as pest plants and invasive weeds.
The Planting Working Bee will be held on Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June if there is a need or if Saturday is wet. If we have enough people we can get all the plants in on Saturday. But we need your help to do this.
We will start at 9am on Saturday 29th but come down any time you are free during the day to lend a hand for an hour or two. Planting trees is one of the best things we can do to bring back the biodiversity to our park and help wildlife. Those who have walked up around Rangituhi and the new Te Utuwai walk, only a few kilometres from Willowbank, may have noticed the profusion of birdlife up there. We have a vision to restore the birdlife to Willowbank!
Please respond to say you can come, bring gloves and a spade if you have one, water and food and anything else you may need to stay comfortable for the day. Or email us on [email protected]


First Thursday of every Month

From 10.00 am to 12 Noon

Meet at the Boscobel Lane Car Park

Weather permitting

Our aim is to make the Reserve more aesthetically pleasing and to improve the indigenous biodiversity and stream ecosystem while connecting people to the natural environment.

To achieve this we are working on the removal of invasive weeds such as tradescantia, convolvulus and blackberry and replanting with appropriate plants for the area.


For further information refer to our Facebook page


Friends of Tawa Bush - work under their umbrella