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Forest at the Heart of Wellington

Forest at the Heart of Wellington reaches 100,000 trees

Over 60 volunteers joined our Wellington team for a planting day for the completion of our Forest at the Heart of Wellington project on September 18th.

It was a fantastic celebration of all of the work that has gone in to planting 100,000 trees over the last 60 years. Project champion Richard Norman planted the 100,000th tree, a lovely tōtara, at the top of Ellice Street, Mt Victoria. Wellington Mayor Andy Foster thanked those involved and acknowledged the hard work that got us to this point. Meanwhile, Debbie Chin who has provided amazing food to hungry volunteers outdid herself with a giant  chocolate cake emblazoned with ‘100,000’ and edible trees.

The Rotary Club of Wellington (RCW) planted its first trees along Lambton Quay in 1968. Between 1968 and 2016, RCW planted about 40,000 trees in Wellington, primarily in Mt Victoria. In 2016 Richard Norman approached Wellington City Council about ramping up the project to celebrate RCW’s centennial anniversary in 2021. 

CVNZ took over responsibility for the project in 2016. We established a nursery in Tawatawa Reserve to grow trees for the project. Since then, CVNZ has led the planting of 60,000 trees across Wellington for this project. Planting sites include Mt Victoria, Tawatawa Reserve, Te Ahumairangi, and Churton Park. The project is a partnership between CVNZ, the Rotary Club of Wellington, Wellington City Council and MPI’s Te Uru Rakau.

CVNZ have hosted more than 350 volunteer days and engaged over 3,000 volunteers as part of the project. However, the work isn’t over yet! We’ll be maintaining our planting sites over the next 3-5 years to ensure the plants thrive. We always need volunteers to help with plant care and maintenance, so get in touch about being involved!