Every winter, we plant native plants in our parks, reserves, street gardens, railway berms and along our roadways. The vast majority are native species and we aim to increase this number every year. In our reserves and community plantings, we prioritise ecosourced plants to ensure that local biodiversity thrives and habitats for local species are enhanced.
Pest Tree Programme
We have an ongoing pest tree programme to remove pest tree species and problem trees. The priority is to remove pest trees that pose a safety hazard and those that are most cost-effective to remove. Currently, wilding pines are the biggest invasive tree threat to our recovering forest areas, so we are prioritising them for control. Wilding pines are able to modify the soils and the plant species around them. If we can prevent them spreading, we ensure that local biodiversity thrives and habitats for indigenous species are protected.
Contact us to report a problem tree.
Percy Scenic Reserve Collection
Percy Scenic Reserve has plants collected from vulnerable habitats around Aotearoa New Zealand and offshore islands in the Pacific Ocean. These conservation collections ensure the survival of species from places that might be affected by climate change, development or destructive animals. Plants propagated at the reserve are used for research and planting in reserves or street gardens throughout Lower Hutt.
Find out more about Percy Scenic Reserve.
Our network of fire breaks and water storage ponds in the Eastern Hills help reduce the rapid spread of wildfires. They increase the ability of fire services to act quickly to protect both indigenous forests and residents’ properties.