Case study in commitment and co-operation

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With the original aim being subdivision of a rural property in Glenbrook, south of Auckland, Kevin Gubb and his wife Jo started planting the waterway from their existing bush block to the opposite boundary.  Although the council plan change didn’t come through, they liked what they’d achieved so far and proceeded to fence off the whole margin, without removing any native trees.

A neighbour who works at NZ Steel, Fiona McDonald, told them about Trees for Survival and put them on to Field Officer Anna McNaughton. TfS then helped achieve base planting for the rest of the margin.

“We had invested quite heavily in plants for the area we had done ourselves and continue to interplant and replace. TfS has helped relieve the costs of the initial base planting which has helped greatly,” says Kevin.

Working with Glenbrook School, where their children attended, the focus became returning the gully/waterway back to its original native condition.

While irrigation has helped a lot, one of the major problems encountered has been weed control. “I would recommend that all trees have a location stake to help identify small plant location when the weeds come,” suggests Kevin.

After the school visit, they had to go over the planting and check for missed planting or planting that was too shallow.  “Fertiliser may help get plants growing more quickly. We haven’t done that,” he says, “but the quicker the plants can get above the weeds the better the survival rate.”

Various angles of Gubb property showing progress in four areas over four years of plantings
Area 1 

2009

2010

2011

2013

Area 2

2009

2011

2013

Group 3

2010

2013

 Area 4

2011

2012

2013

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