Arbor Day makeover for Ian Galloway Park

Project Crimson led the transformation of high profile sports park, Ian Galloway Park, on Friday 5 June, with the planting of 2,500 native plants including 500 northern rata in recognition of Arbor Day and World Environment Day.

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast, Minister for Arts, Culture and heritage the Hon. Chris Finlayson, Department of Conservation Director-General Al Morrison and Meridian Energy CEO, Tim Lusk joined hundreds of local school children and Project Crimson, Meridian Energy, Starfish and Wellington City Council staff, as they planted these important native species.

Project Crimson’s Bridget Abernethy says, “we are delighted northern rata has made such a comeback in Wellington. Northern rata is indigenous to Wellington and deserves a position in our natural landscape”.

Ian Galloway Park, once a landfill, is now a major sports-field owned and maintained by Wellington City Council.

Mayor Prendergast says hundreds of volunteers have done a fantastic job over the past seven years restoring different sections of the Kaiwharawhara Stream catchment.

“With Karori Sanctuary a kilometre upstream and Otari-Wilton’s Bush a kilometre downstream, Ian Galloway Park is a crucial link in the restoration of the catchment,” she says.

The northern rata seedlings that were planted in Ian Galloway Park are eco-sourced and have been grown by Wellington City Council’s Berhampore Nursery. The seedlings were around 60cms tall when planted and can be expected to grow to more than 20 metres height.

Meridian Chief Executive Tim Lusk says, “It is really exciting to see Project Crimson, Meridian and the Wellington City Council working in partnership to benefit the local environment and community…and most importantly seeing young Wellingtonians getting involved too.”

“The work that Project Crimson does is invaluable and the results of its effort with this project will have long-lasting benefits for all Wellingtonians to enjoy,” he says.