Dallington Landing Rotary Forest of Peace and Remembrance
Regreening Christchurch’s red zone
We’re replanting Christchurch’s red zone! Formerly residential housing, and vacant space since the 2011 earthquakes, we’re transforming the Dallington Landing into forest as part of the Rotary Forests of Peace and Remembrance. This New Zealand-wide project celebrates the centenary of the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary aims to establish 100 forests throughout the country over the next decade. These forests will tackle climate change by reestablishing native ecosystems in as many communities as possible around Aotearoa.
As part of this initiative, CVNZ is working with the Christchurch City Council and the local community to establish a forest in an area of the red zone known as the Dallington Landing. Over the next few years, we’re partnering with Rotary, the City Council and local volunteers to replant this area with over 40,000 plants. The plantings are based around podocarp species; the City Council has designed the plantings to be either tōtara or kahikatea and matai dominant according to soil type. Over time, the City Council will develop areas of natural ponding and wetland, with Council nurseries providing the plants. Volunteers from the local community are involved in the plantings, alongside dedicated Conservation Work Skills teams. CVNZ’s Conservation Work Skills is a 12 week programme designed to help job seekers gain skills in conservation-related roles.
Dallington Landing will continue to be accessible to the public for recreation as part of the redevelopment of the red zone. The forest will contain exotic trees, from former gardens, to provide shelter and structural habitat complexity until the native forest is established. Many of these trees are fruit trees, and form part of the city’s urban foraging network.
In 2021 CVNZ volunteers and Conservation Work Skills planted around 6000 trees, and City Council contractors planted a further 24,000. In 2022 we’re aiming to plant a further 12,000 to establish this forest. Get in touch with our Christchurch office to be involved in this exciting project!