Tamahere Plant Nursery
Planting barren or weed infested gullies does much to enhance the Tamahere environment in general as well as individual properties.
Slideshow: a restored Tamahere gully with present and hoped for birdlife
The return of tui to the area for the first time in decades in 2009 is testament to the value of such work locally, in Hamilton and throughout the Waikato.
If you are keen on gully restoration, don’t know where to start or need help with efforts underway, Tamahere has an active gully care group and a community native plant nursery offering low cost plants to locals. The nursery is open on the first Sunday of the month, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, on Devine Road, behind the Tamahere Community Centre. Reminders of upcoming days and invitations to go along to them are posted on the Tamahere Forum.
In October 2010 around 60 Tamahere people interested in gully care attended a one-day forum organised by the Tamahere Gully Care Group and the Waikato Biodiversity Forum. Click here to read a report of the day.
Tamahere’s gullies, which range from grass-clad or weed-infested to exotic plant gardens and areas of partial native plant restoration, are now important ecosystems in the Waikato, said native plant specialist Wayne Bennett of Forest Flora.
The gullies’ importance had been increased because so much of the rest of the region’s natural heritage had been lost, he said.
The Hamilton city gully restoration programme has much useful information on gully restoration.
Other useful links on gully restoration are below or click the following link for a range of contacts (pdf): Gully restoration services
DoC guide to protecting and restoring our natural heritage
The Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group (Hamilton)
The Mangakotukutuki Stream Care Group (Hamilton)