Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust members and volunteers have been pivotal to the conservation and development of this precious native bush and forest. Their efforts have also inspired similar work elsewhere in the region, with over 100 restoration projects now ongoing
in wider Wellington. Here are just some of the Trust's projects:
Otari led the way in forest restoration with the Kaiwharawhara Stream project begun in the early 2000s, the Trust's largest initiative to date. Aimed at restoring the unique ecosystem of the main stream flowing through Otari, the project involves:
Planting started in 2001, and by 2006 over 35,000 native trees had been grown from locally sourced seed and planted in the valley. This has been followed by regular subsequent plantings and monthly maintenance, now focusing efforts at the south end of the stream.
The work inspired neighbouring groups to Otari to join forces to create an eco corridor in the valley, running the length of the stream from Karori through Otari and Wellington's western suburbs to its outlet at the western shore of Wellington Harbour.
The project was initially supported by grants from the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council. Now the work continues thanks to Trust volunteers who hold monthly working parties at the site.
Individuals and groups turned a mammoth task into a great success, and the Trust thanks all those who have supported the project with their enthusiasm and energy.
Photo: Lynley Trower