The Friends of the Otaki River regularly grow on eco-sourced native plants in our nursery for river restoration projects. We plant approximately 5000 - 6000 plants annually.
There are about 20-25 enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who meet at the nursery each Wednesday at 9 am. We carry out various tasks for about two hours (including a morning tea break) which includes planting, mulching, staking, releasing, potting and nursery maintenance.
Pest eradication has not been of large concern with minimal pest damage to our young trees. Rampant grass and weeds are the major problem.
We receive regular assistance from Greater Wellington Regional Council and Kapiti Coast District Council with weed control and preparing planting sites. This is a real help.
We've learned to plant no more than can be reasonably maintained with the volunteers and resources that are available to look after the plantings. We now have considerable experience in knowing which species to plant in various conditions. Some of our areas are very exposed and we find that species such as Toetoe, Harekeke and Ngaio are especially hardy.
We are fortunate that great assistance is received from our members and general public on our public planting days of which there are usually three per planting season.
We are also restoring the Otaki Estuary over the next few years, in conjunction with Greater Wellington Regional Council's flood Protection, Biosecurity and Environment departments.
Volunteers from all over the world have joined the Friends of the Otaki River. Here Liam, visiting NZ from Canada, is planting another native tree. Committed to environmental restoration, Liam and his wife Orla have also planted trees with Friends of the Waikanae River and Friends of the Waikanae Estuary.