May 2017 Round Up

FREE Workshop – Planting Specimen Trees

Auckland Botanic Gardens,
11am Wednesday 31 May 2017. 

Specimen trees are unusual or impressive trees grown as a focus of interest in a garden. They require thought and planning before planting.  At this practical work shop you will be shown how to use specimen trees in your garden, helped to choose the right location for your tree and explained what to look for when buying a specimen tree. It’s planting season now, so the timing is perfect.

Plants to Go Update

Many thanks to all those who have taken plants. There is still an abundance of totara and kowhai available so give Jim Peters on 2928 850 to arrange a time to collect. Both are attractive specimen trees, drought tolerant and grow well in this area.  Totara is fast growing in good soil, possum and stock resistant. Kowhai is a favourite of tui and kereru.  

Z Energy “GOOD IN THE HOOD” Funding

Wairoa River Landcare has been accepted to one of the local community organisations included in the ‘Good in the Hood’ funding assistance campaign at the local Clevedon Z Station.  This will begin in May, so if anyone is popping in to Clevedon Z, please be sure to place an orange token in the WRL ‘voting box’.  The more tokens that we receive, the greater portion of the funding we will receive. 


Thanks to everyone who collected seeds and particularly to Zealandia for taking them to propagate. We can look forward to wide range of seedlings to pot up in the Spring.

Some Useful Websites

Nature Space ( is a website designed for community groups and landowners and has a useful resource centre of information (plus links you to others doing similar ecological restoration/protection work.
Environment Waikato’s Wetlands Restoration Plan template is a great guide for planning out a restoration project.
Contact Auckland Council’s biodiversity team. Email,

For pest plant/animal resources (especially if you are working with other community members) then our Biosecurity team may be able to help. If you would like help with identification, best practice or if you suspect you have any of the unwanted organisms/total control plants, please email