Forest at the Heart of Wellington

2018 Call to Action

At the Rotary Club of Wellington meeting on 12 March 2018, Kellie Benner of Conservation Volunteers spoke about the 2018 plan for our Centennial project, Forest at the Heart of Wellington. 

With 45,000 plants in the ground to date, there is plenty of work still left to do, with a further 55,000 to go in before 2021. 


Upcoming planting dates are Friday 25 May, Saturday 16 June, Saturday 14 July, Saturday 11 August

The planting schedule is to fund and plant: 2018: 8,000 plants, 2019: 12,000 plants, 2020: 18,000 plants and 2021: 18,000 plants.

To achieve this goal we need help with:

Publicity and promotion

  • Signs on town belt
  • Publicity on Lambton Quay, where planting started in 1967?
  • Web based campaigns to widen involvement
  • Media coverage

Friend raising (to support fundraising)

  • Connections with Wellington Rotary Clubs
  • Connections with Rotary across New Zealand
  • Creating connections with Government House, Wellington College, Wellington East Girls College, neighbours of the forest.


  • Applying for funds from trusts, government agencies
  • Seeking sponsors
  • Events which seek to raise publicity and funds.


  • Nursery at TawaTawa reserve, off Owhiro Road
  • Transferring seedlings to larger pots
  • Organising, with Conservation Volunteers of planting sessions.

Get in touch, and let us know you would like to get involved.

Forest at the Heart of Wellington 2018 Call to Action

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