The groups and individuals who have contributed over the years are many and varied. From mountain bike groups planting thousands of trees and native plants contributed from community nurseries to collaborative projects such as Forest in the Heart of the City between Rotary, Conservation Volunteers and MPI.
Wellington is fortunate to have inspiring community leaders bringing communities together to deliver environmental outcomes with groups like Te Motu Kairangi, Trelissick Park Group and Southern Environmental Association, amongst many others. These groups make a massive contribution through the work they do, both in terms of environmental restoration and in helping us towards our goal of being a net zero carbon capital by 2050.
The Council recently formed a new environmental partnership with Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington which allows the University to lease 11 hectares of land in Ohariu Valley for 33 years and undertake an annual native tree planting programme to progressively revegetate the site.
Mayor Foster says the project, Growing our Future, is the Council’s first collaboration with the aim of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by establishing new native forest, and complements the long established programme of planting native trees and expanding carbon sinks in the Outer Green Belt.
This partnership will actively engage many Wellingtonians in restoring better ecological connections between Rangituhi/Spicer Forest and the forests on the flanks of Tarikākā (Mt Kaukau), offsetting carbon and generating new research.
Growing our Future is being launched on Thursday 8 July with a native planting day in Ohariu Valley led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford and around 100 volunteers from the University community.
“This project will allow us to contribute to regenerating biodiversity in the Outer Green Belt while offsetting carbon, generating new research and providing an opportunity students, staff and alumni to connect with the city.”