The WRL nursery has produced at least 6000 plants, which have been distributed for re-vegetation projects throughout the district. WRL received funding from Transpower and Auckland Council to establish a native plant nursery. The nursery can grow up to 1500 plants per annum to assist local landowners protect and restore natural areas. The propagation and growing-on of plants is through the voluntary efforts of WRL members and supporters.
We do need more helpers for regular maintenance – weeding, watering etc. The plan is to set up a roster with one or two people coming on a set day and time to suit them. If you are able to help, contact Brendan Vallings ph. 292 8821 email: firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know when you could spare an hour or so of your time, any time of day, any day of the week.
Plant identification and propagation information:
The key to a successful planting depends on thorough site preparation, site appropriate plant selection, good planting practice, weed management and pest control.
The first step is to protect the area from grazing animals by fencing this off.
The most challenging site is one that hasn’t been grazed for years and is full of kikuyu and woody weeds. It is imperative kikuyu is killed off before planting. This requires at least 3 sprays a month apart with a kikuyu specific spray before even considering planting. The kikuyu needs to be completely dead.
A good site is a grazed paddock with normal paddock pasture. Such a site will only need to be eaten out hard by stock before planting i.e. no spraying required. Be sure to place a stake at planting time as this makes it easier to locate plants when weed releasing.
Pest Control is critical after planting and ideally needs to be started before planting. Rabbits, hares and possums will eat new plantings! Traps and bait stations are effective for possums and rabbits. On larger blocks shooting is quick and effective for possums, rabbits and hares, and night shoots are fun, so I am told.
I can almost hear you drawing a deep breath! It is not as overwhelming as it might all sound to be. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” as the saying goes. Break your vision into manageable chunks. Arm yourself with information by asking questions, getting together with likeminded people who face the same challenges and share information. Better still, become a member of Waiora Landcare and join site visits to properties, both big and small, where owners will talk about the vision behind their restoration project, the challenges and management issues in the implementation of this.
Remember you can begin by planting natives as a food source for native birds in your backyard. On larger scale projects funding may be sourced through the Environmental Initiative Fund (EIF) which opens shortly. Also please note submissions to the Franklin Annual Plan opened July 7th and Wairoa Landcare encourages anyone interested in making a submission for restoration of the river.
For help with planting projects: