Planting Natives

31 May 2010

New Zealand's rich diversity of plant species is constantly under threat - so on Friday (04.06.10), 200 children will seize their chance to conserve our biodiversity.

Pupils from Queen Margaret College, Newtown School and St Anne's have been invited to celebrate Arbor Day and the International Year of Biodiversity with the Council and Project Crimson by planting 3,000 native trees on the Town Belt.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast, Wellington Zoo and SPCA staff and others will also help plant the trees. This will restore bush to a large site on the slope below the old Chest Hospital that was cleared of ageing pines last year as part of the city's ongoing hazardous tree removal programme.

The selected plants, provided by the Council's Berhampore Nursery, naturally occur in Wellington and are grown from locally sourced seed. They include pittosporum, coprosma, cabbage trees and flax.

Five hundred northern rata will also be planted at the site in partnership with Project Crimson.