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Work Days – please come join us …

Over the past 15 years, keen volunteers have undertaken a series of working bees clearing “wilding” (self-seeding) trees, sweetbriar and broom from roadsides and public conservation land around Lake Ōhau.

Restoration planting of native seedlings has also been done. These are grown by the Department of Conservation’s Motukarara Plant Nursery staff from Ōhau-sourced seed. Hundreds of little mountain beech, kowhai, hoheria, hebes, snow totara and snow tussocks are thriving, greatly helped when we have wet summers. Both the Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) Cycleway and Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff pass through this area. The plantings have been aimed at enhancing biodiversity and habitats along the lake margin, as well as restoring the natural environment that walkers and bikers visit and travel through.

In 2021, the Trust isn’t holding our usual work sessions because of our change of focus to restoration after the October 2020 wildfire. The Trust will concentrate on getting its trapping programme underway as planned before the wildfire, i.e. adding predator traps to our possum traps.

Two planting sessions, to restore native plants to areas destroyed by the fire will be held on:

  • Saturday 24 April (ANZAC weekend) at Poverty Point
  • Sunday 6 June (Queens Birthday weekend) at Aubrey Reserve, across Lake Ōhau road from the Village

Details about these planting sessions and others being held in the Village are available on the front page of this website.

A planting session along the shores of Lake Ōhau