Dallington Landing, Rotary Forest of Peace and Remembrance
Christchurch’s red zone, formerly residential housing, and vacant space since the February 2011 earthquake is being replanted in natives as part of the Rotary Forests of Peace and Remembrance. This is a New Zealand wide project to celebrate the centenary of the Rotary Foundation and aims to establish 100 forests throughout the country over the next decade. The forests are intended to tackle climate change through the reestablishment of native eco systems in as many communities as possible around Aotearoa. Funding support for this Christchurch City Council (CCC) initiative comes from the Rotary Forests of Peace, Remembrance and Community Trust. CVNZ i a key partner in supporting these plantings by involving volunteers from the local communities.
CVNZ will be working with CCC and the local community to establish a forest in an area of the red zone known as the Dallington Loop, specifically in the Dallington Landing. This former residential area will be planted in seven different stages over the next few years, with over 40,000 plants. Plantings will be based around podocarp species, with areas being either tōtara or kahikatea and matai dominated with other species selected to complement these according to soil type; areas of natural ponding are to be developed and retained as wetland. Plants are provided by CCC nurseries, and planting will be undertaken by volunteers from the local community as well as a dedicated Conservation Work Skills team, funded by the Ministry for Social Development. The area will continue to be accessible to the public, with exotic trees, many of them fruit trees from former gardens, retained to provide shelter and structural habitat complexity until the indigenous forest performs this function.
Come along and help us with the inaugral planting and be part of this exciting project.
The first community planting will take place on Saturday 7th August, 1-3pm.
The planting will be followed by a BBQ. Planting spades will be provided. Please bring gardening gloves, a water bottle and wear sturdy footwear.
Access to the site is along Dallington Terrace from the River Rd end. Parking is through the gate alongside the river. Bike parking is even closer! Find out more or book you spot here.