Developments in the Forest of Tawa / Te Ngahere-o-Tawa

Following the purchase of the original Forest of Tane by WCC in early 2017, a significant amount of clearance and replanting has taken place beyond the Kiwi Crescent entrance. (See FOTBR newsletters August 2019 and August 2020). Further planting occurred in 2020 on the higher slopes. John Burnet reports that WCC are currently funding andContinue reading “Developments in the Forest of Tawa / Te Ngahere-o-Tawa”

Delighted with Redwood Bush

Below is an excerpt of some very happy feedback from a Tawa resident, relating their special experiences over the years with Redwood Bush – their ‘bit of paradise’ “… I am very impressed by some of the improvements made to our track through the Tawa Redwood Bush. I have walked the track every day, rainContinue reading “Delighted with Redwood Bush”

Finished greenhouse, February 2021

The new propagation facilities are now in operation. Thanks to Geoff Mills and his team for the hours given in the construction and also to Joanne Youthed and James Wright who are managing the nursery operation. Thanks also to Helen Roper who continues the propagation of native trees in the Tawa College Horticulture facilities. InContinue reading “Finished greenhouse, February 2021”

Tawa trees – a vintage year for the fruit

Tawa trees dominate our native bush reserves and in late 2020 and early 2021, the fruit production has been prolific – far more than in recent years. The oval purple/black fruit are obvious on the ground. Tawa seed are difficult to germinate and especially progress further to seedlings and then young trees. They are veryContinue reading “Tawa trees – a vintage year for the fruit”

Pest control in Tawa bush reserves

Denis Rogerson, from the FOTBR committee, reports on the monitoring and maintenance of approximately 100 bait stations and 25 traps in the Tawa reserves. These are used to control possums, rats, mustelids and hedgehogs and are important for the health and vitality of native flora and fauna Although possum numbers are well down, historically speaking,Continue reading “Pest control in Tawa bush reserves”

Finished framework of the greenhouse, December 2020

The new propagation facilities are well advanced, and once in use, will add more space to the existing facilities at Tawa College. Thanks to Geoff Mills and his team for the hours given in the construction and appreciation to Joanne Youthed and James Wright who will have oversight of the new area once it isContinue reading “Finished framework of the greenhouse, December 2020”