Another successful community planting last week at Awhitu Central reserve - grateful thanks to the many helpers who made short work of the hundreds of plants which are now settling into their new home. For those of you who have been following our community planting to protect and extend the edges of this ancient bush and wetland, select 'read more' to see some photos taken this year - we started planting in 2010 and all the effort over 6 years has been worth it, to walk through it now. So healthy! Thanks team! Read more...
Pioneer Group Works to Protect Majestic Peninsula
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Awhitu Landcare is one of the pioneer community environmental groups in New Zealand. Our volunteer work commenced in 1994, and covers the entire 22,000 hectare Awhitu Peninsula – a giant, ancient sand dune.
With gentle harbour beaches on one side, the wild Tasman on the other and rare dune lakes in between, the Awhitu Peninsula is indeed a majestic landscape. It is also a dynamic and fragile environment which needs, and deserves, protecting.
If you’ve never visited Awhitu, come pay a visit, you’ll find there’s lots to explore - here are just a few suggestions.
Our objectives are to be beneficial to the community in the following ways:
- To promote, and where possible facilitate, the protection and restoration of the natural features of the Awhitu environment, including waterways, and to encourage community appreciation of these values
- To carry out a dedicated pest reduction programme throughout the Awhitu Peninsula, employing whichever means prove most effective
- To enhance and expand Awhitu’s natural native vegetation, employing whichever means prove most effective
- To work towards the successful reintroduction of lost species which would have once been present in and around Awhitu
Our vision is a region where the land and waterways sustainably nurture flourishing, diverse communities of NZ plants, animals and people. A community which places high value on the natural Awhitu environment, enjoys its heritage and supports, and is involved in, its conservation.
Landcare volunteers give over 4,000 hours to this work every year and we estimate in the past 21 years more than 120,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted, and over 25,000 pests destroyed.