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Woodridge Planters is a restoration group that has been operating since 2006, with the aim of planting native trees in the reserves in Woodridge. The planting is a mixture of riparian planting, forest restoration, and amenity planting. A key aim is to involve the community and so we have special planting days for the local community, families, community groups such as the Scouts and Art of Living, corporate groups, and overseas students. The University of the Third Age has visited our site, and we work with a local rest home/hospital to propagate native plants. We have a particular commitment to working with like-minded organisations in the Woodridge/Newlands/Paparangi/Grenada Village area, to make this a centre for restoration and other planting activity, for environmental and community reasons.
Our Core Purpose is to restore our natural environment and cultivate our community through biodiversity, education, common purpose and ownership. Our Core Values are: to respect and care for our New Zealand indigenous environment, the natural balance and our community; to leave a legacy (for individual and community satisfaction, and for the people who follow us); to show neutrality and unity (to be there for the environment and the community); and to build community at individual, family, organisational and inter-community levels. Our Vision is that by 2050 we will have a thriving “urban forest” and ecosystem that feeds healthy streams within the Porirua catchment. Our urban forest will be a cohesive mix of homes, trees, people and birds, where the animals and environment flourish, people recreate and community thrives.