Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves
Welcome to the Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves web site
The Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves is a local community group formed to promote and enhance the conservation and long term preservation of bush reserves situated in the Tawa Basin and to liaise with the Wellington City Council to achieve these aims.
The bush gave Tawa its name. It is a valuable part of our heritage and important in improving the natural environment of the whole of Wellington City.
Active management is critical for the viability and long term survival of the remaining forest remnants.
Member Involvement - WORKING-BEES
Regular weekend working-bees are planned on the 2nd Sunday afternoon of each month, commencing at 1.30 p.m. A mid-week working-bee is also held on the 4th Tuesday afternoon of each month, commencing at 1.30 p.m. Members are invited to participate in these activities to improve the public access tracks, to undertake tree planting, weeding around planted trees, or pest plant removal.
The next weekend working-bee is scheduled for Sunday 13th August - (this working bee is cancelled due to weather), 1.30 – 4 p.m.
The next mid-week working-bee is scheduled for Tuesday 22nd August, 1.30 – 4 p.m.
In the late 1990s, one of Tawa’s few stands of remnant forest was at immediate risk of being felled for a housing development. Residents stepped in to save it for future generations, and Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves was born.
Twenty years on, our work has extended to cover the length and breadth of Tawa. But the future of much of Tawa’s bush and forest is by no means certain. Much of the land is privately held and could be developed.
In response to this challenge, we engaged a well-respected ecological consulting firm, Wildlands, to work with us to develop a strategic plan. This strategic plan helps us, and our partners to focus on how we can ensure the long-term sustainability of Tawa’s bush, as well as improve the resilience and effectiveness of our own organisation.
The Strategy Plan may be downloaded here (4.5MB pdf).
We thank the Lotteries Commission, Wellington City Council and Tawa Community Board for generously providing the financial support needed to develop the plan.
Member Involvement - AT HOME
Become a Weedbuster! “Weedbusters!” is a new programme launched in New Zealand in October 2003 to educate and raise awareness about weeds.
Home Nursery. Members of the Friends are growing-on trees for replanting into the bush reserves around Tawa. We wish to concentrate on the planting of the heritage species not readily sourced through the Council nursery due to slow growth rates but that were once common place in the Tawa bush areas; e.g. matai, miro, rimu, kahikatea, pukatea, southern rata and of course, tawa. Unfortunately these trees can take up to five years before they are of a suitable size for planting out into the bush and existing nursery ground space available to the friends is at a premium. Therefore if you live in the Tawa locality and have some spare backyard ground space in a shady situation and are prepared to monitor the trees and occasionally water them during extended dry periods, we would like to hear from you.
We would also like to recycle your used cardboard milk containers. We find these to be an easy to use alternative to plastic planter nursery pots. If you have any to donate please phone Damian on 232 3079 to arrange collection.
Member Involvement - WCC SUBMISSIONS
The Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves has provided input to Council on the following policy documents :
The “Northern Growth management Plan Framework” and associated “Implementation Plan”, published May 2004.
Read our November “Tawa Bush Telegraph” newsletter click here to download pdf document format.
Tawa’s Memorial Trees - Are you aware of any Memorial or Commemorative trees planted in Tawa. We would like to know about more of these. Read about them here.
Wellington Community Groups - The Wellington region has a large number of local community environmental care groups that foster the care of a specific area under the guidance of the local council. Why not contact your local group and get involved, meet great people and make a difference! Find your local group here.
Birds of Tawa - Arthur Carman records of the Tawa of pioneering times, “The forest was full of native birds, and all the pioneers have commented on the clouds of green parakeets and pigeons.”
Contact Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves at:
PO Box 51-083
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