Growing in Wellington

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Plants for the Wellington region are grown at the Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi/Trees for Survival community plant nursery at Jay St Reserve in Wellington.

Just entering its fourth year, much of the nursery infrastructure has been completed. It has 170sqm of shade houses, and more than 200sqm of outside storage area for growing on and hardening up plants. Facilities include a water tank fed by rain water, secure storage in the form of a shipping container fitted with French doors and solar power which is being installed.

The nursery in full production

Sam Williams working in the potting up area

Although positioned in a public reserve with plants accessible to passers-by, there has been practically no negative interference. On the contrary, the community has been highly involved. As well as the local Trees for Survival school, Newlands College, there have been many corporate volunteer groups, Community Service workers, youth groups, and individual volunteers participating. The nursery is producing several thousand trees each year, eco sourced for planting in Wellington, Kapiti and the Wairarapa. Seedling trays are also provided for Trees for Survival schools.

The nursery is managed by the Trees for Survival Wellington Regional Manager, Peter Gilberd, with help from Michele Rowe, Sam Williams and Rosemary Machin.

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