Meet Peter Reimann (pictured right). Peter is Chairperson of the Trellisick Park Group (TPG), which is one of Wellington’s older planting groups. TPG aims to maintain and restore the natural environment and wilderness character of the park, while enhancing public appreciation of these values. TPG has been instrumental in animal and plant pest control, restoration planting, advocacy, fundraising and promotion.
TPG has also been a strong advocate to protect and enhance biodiversity in the Kaiwharawhara catchment from the Outer Green Belt to the harbour. We caught up with Peter to find out what drives him and the TPG volunteers.
How did you get involved in conservation?
It stemmed from a chance encounter in the late 1990s with Frances Lee, Secretary of the Trelissick Park Group, while she was weeding next to Kaiwharawhara Stream. She felt passionately about the park, its wilderness character and its potential. Having semi-retired and at a loose end, I adopted a 'spot' for restoration.