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. The Forests of Peace and Remembrance 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 is a key partner in supporting these plantings by involving volunteers from the local community.
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 area. 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. CCC nurseries are providing the plants 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.
We will be holding regular events over the planting season (May-Sept) in 2021 and 2022. Contact the Christchurch office to find out more ([email protected]).