Sunday's working bee was the last planting for the year. With close to 30 people, including several young children, it was slightly chaotic but also lots of fun. We walked up through the 25-year-old plantings in the main gully to plant out a landslip that occurred late last year. We had to re-cut the track across the slip face and then put in about 50 trees, including a number of significant trees like kahikatea, matai, pukatea and two species of turepo. A further 15 trees were planted in a nearby area as well.
And like last week's working bee, as we got the planting done quickly we had time to do some track maintenance. This involved some re-leveling and the digging of drainage channels across tracks. The heavy rain in winter caused some tracks to flow like streams; the drainage channels help direct water off the track at regular intervals.
As planting has come to an end, we will reduce our working bees to once a month. This will involve more track maintenance as well as the start of our project to mark all the main tracks to make it easier for visitors to find their way around.
Dates are yet to be set so we will keep you posted later. Thanks to all our planting volunteers.
A tree enthusiast and an ex-resident of Island Bay. Vanessa brings her digital skills to the volunteer team at Manawa Karioi - one of the oldest reforestation projects in Wellington.
With over 17 years experience volunteering with Manawa Karioi, Ross has a detailed knowledge of the project.
Paul Blaschke is an environmental consultant and part-time university lecturer. He loves living and working in Wellington’s southern suburbs, whether in the Owhiro catchment, the Town Belt near his home, or on the slopes at Manawa Karioi.
Chris and his partner and their 3 children were at the dawn planting of the first tree in 1991. He has maintained his involvement in the project ever since and gets great satisfaction now from seeing how much the trees have grown and how the associated native ecosystems have developed over those 26 years. Chris emphasises that providing tracks to enable the public to enjoy Manawa Karioi, and carbon sequestration, are both integral parts of the project.