Restorative Planting is one of the most important aspects of our restoration work. Over the past 3 years we have planted over 6500 native plants and trees; 4000 into the Otama Wetland and 2500 into the Village Recreational Reserve. We couldn't have achieved this without the enthusiastic support of our community who have attended the many planting days we have held.
We believe our planting efforts will have a significant impact on the general health of the coastal environment, by improving the health of the wetland and acting as a buffer to costal erosion. This has had a positive impact on increasing bird habitat and we are already seeing increasing numbers of native birds on our reserves.
A wetland restoration plan is being drawn up by wetland ecologists Meg Graeme and Jim Dahm which will involve many years of riparian planting to restore the wetland to a healthy ecosystem, improving water quality.
All our plants are carefully selected for each specific site within the Wetland, Dunes and Village Domain Reserve from native nurseries, where they are grown from locally sourced seeds.
In 2018 an area on the Village Reserve at Otama was cleared of agapanthus and blackberry and was replanted with various varieties of heritage Harakeke to establish a Pa Harakeke - a flax plantation which is utilised by local weavers. Heritage varieties of Harakeke were donated by the Auckland Botanical Gardens and include Meneene, Ngaro, Te Mata,Makaweroa, Mawaru and Raumoa and are identified in the Pa Harakeke.
TCDC are undertaking a costal dune planting program on the fore dunes near the TCDC road reserve at the western end of Otama. This is part of a shore line management program to protect against costal erosion. We support this project.
We have created a plant log to record what has been planted (see below).