A Forest at the Heart of Wellington
A Forest at the Heart of Wellington is a community-led restoration project to celebrate the centenary of the Rotary Club of Wellington in 2021. This long-term project will involve volunteers from schools, communities and corporations in the propagation, planting, and maintenance of 65,000 native trees in the central Wellington Town Belt, bringing the total number of trees planted by Wellington Rotary to more than 100,000.
The new forest will be centred on a prominent part of the town belt near Government House which is currently dominated by gorse and blackberry. Plantings will accelerate the restoration of native bush to the town belt of Mt Victoria and Newtown, where fires had largely removed bush before European settlers arrived in 1840 and pines now dominate.
By partnering with Rotary to grow a forest alongside some of our most busy suburbs, Conservation Volunteers and Rotary will leave a legacy for the people of Wellington, and make a meaningful contribution to our city’s indigenous wildlife. The forest will form an important ecological corridor between the Miramar Peninsula and the rest of Wellington City, meaning it is an important part of the Predator Free Wellington movement, and a key piece of our city’s conservation puzzle.