Children help turn Waiu Park red

Visitors to Waiu Park in Wainuiomata will be seeing red in the coming years, when the newly planted rata
trees explode with colour – following Project Crimson’s most recent community planting day in the Wellington region.

On Friday 9 August, 40 children from Fernlea School planted 720 native trees, including 150 northern rata, continuing the wonderful work that other community groups and the Hutt City Council have undertaken in the past to develop Waiu Park into a popular, well utilised recreational space.

Ruud Kleinpaste, “The Bugman” joined the event to take the children on a bug hunt, exploring what creatures already call Waiu Park home. Project Crimson’s Conservation Manager, Caroline Wallace says “This is the second joint event between Hutt City Council and Project Crimson and our plan is to continue working at the Waiu site together for many years to come. It is an outstanding location, with mountain bike tracks and bush walks and northern rata trees would have been present here previously.”

The work on the day involved wrapping the most delicious plants to rabbits (especially northern rata) with a Combi Guard to protect them from these furry pests.

Jonathan Bussel from Hutt City Council joined the event and said “having local children involved in this exciting project will mean that the transformation of the site into an area of outstanding recreational and biodiversity values will benefit the community for generations to come.”