Celebrating 100 years of Rotary International 1905 to 2005
This wetland has been cleared and restored with native trees and plants by members of the club with help from the Kapiti Coast District Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council,Friends of Waikanae River and Forest & Bird Kapiti.
Work started in September of the 2003/4 Rotary year to ensure completion by the end of the centenary year 2005 with huge input of member working bees extracting willow and poplar trees and massive amounts of scrub and weed.
In the years since various further planting has been done, replacing some of the plants that did not survive , replacing some (karaka) that proved not suitable and adding new areas.
The club greatly appreciates the many trees and plants donated by members of the community. Planting has continued since 2005 to further enhance the beauty of this area and to replace trees and plants lost to flooding and other causes.
Now our planting has reached a stage where flax and cabbage trees dominate, with the true native tree species showing through quite well. Eventually these will dominate and there will be a minor forest of truly significant proportions.
This is when our “Grandchildren” and their “Grandchildren” (to take in our project dedication) will enjoy an accessible forest, as it was here before our settling people 200 years ago changed the landscape for good.