Shout out to our volunteers who help make Lower Hutt beautiful

This Volunteering Week we are recognising our volunteers who help Lower Hutt’s public spaces to thrive.

Friends of Horoeka Scenic Reserve volunteers have been busy in Horoeka Scenic Reserve since 2011.

They hold regular working bees to weed and plant, as well as partnering with schools to educate students on the importance of protecting local biodiversity.

Friends of Horoeka, teaming up with Koraunui School, have been planting alongside the stream behind the Stokes Valley Fire Station to improve the health of the awa/river. They also helped install spat ropes for the native fish to climb up to spawn. Look at these before and after photos!

Friends of Petone Beach and Predator Free Petone

Friends of Petone Beach have been restoring the natural features of the dunes since 2006.

They remove weeds and replant with our native coastal species such as pingao and spinifex, as well as back dune plants that our native mokomoko (lizards) love.

Predator Free Petone is also looking after native wildlife by trapping for introduced predators – with close to 100 traps and over 650 catches since they started, Our taonga species are in safe hands! Kei te pai!

The Petone Beach Clean Up Crew also does a wonderful job collecting litter from our shoreline.

Coast care flag flies in front on people working to clean up Petone Beach

There are far too many fantastic volunteers to honour in one story, so if you’re interested in learning more visit our website and come along to a working bee or two. Don’t forget to join your local trapping group. find out more at Predator Free Hutt Valley.

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