Exciting work on the ‘new block’ of land in the park is now well underway, which will soon mean more new places to explore in Te Mata Park.
Over the past two weeks, ProArbore has been working onsite, taking advantage of the fact that Chambers Walk has been closed (due to the forestry project happening in other sections of the Park). They have made excellent progress and will complete the work by early April. We are removing all pines and wattles as well as a handful of unhealthy exotic species. However, a good number of trees will still remain, providing important shade.
We have also been working on refining the track work plans, and with many of the pine trees removed, it is now much easier to visualise future trails. The next stage will include creation of a more detailed plan by Strata Group (thanks to their support), and proposed tracks will be marked out for approval by the Board. A ‘safety in design’ assessment will also take place.
A resource consent application for the track work is likely to be submitted this week, following recent consultation with neighbours and mana whenua. Once approved (hopefully by mid-April), the track work will begin, though the public opening date of these tracks is still TBD.
We are continuing to apply for funds for the future native tree plantings, and so far we have 6,319 plants on order that will go in the ground this planting season. These trees are hardy, robust plants that will quickly grow and have a high likelihood of survival. Years 2 and 3 plantings will include a wider variety of native species.
If you’d like to help fund more trees for the park, please visit the donations site: https://gift-a-tree-to-te-mata-park.raisely.com/
Proposed volunteer planting days are 11th and 25th July, and we welcome all community assistance. Please contact Emma Buttle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organisation would like to get involved.