Forest and Bird planting

Published on 17 September 2020

Forest and bird potting shed

One of our most important priority areas at for Upper Hutt is our environment. We’re immersed in natural beauty, we love our river and our stunning parks. Every year there are many different council activities, initiatives and projects that help us ensure we continue to protect our environment, and our team love to get involved and support our community.

Today a group of our staff headed over to the Upper Hutt branch of Forest and Bird to help with their spring planting session. Based at one of our sites on Park Road,  their home for over 30 years, the team potted and planted seedlings and shrubs that are cultivated onsite before being distributed to conservation projects across the city like Hull’s Creek at Silverstream, Mawaihakona Stream and Ecclesfield Reserve.

The Upper Hutt branch works to protect areas of regenerating native forest, our precious Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River and other waterways in the region. They are also restoring areas to their natural state by planting natives.

Pest control is an important factor too. Did you know that rats and stoats are killing and eating eggs and chicks in their nests and rats and possums are eating the birds' food sources: native trees, fruit and seeds? Pest Free Upper Hutt is a community-led programme and is looking for volunteer backyard trappers.

Forest and Bird and Pest Free Upper Hutt have partnered with the Upper Hutt Menz Shed for the building of the traps and they appreciate a koha of up to $20 to help fund further traps and tunnels.

We’re thrilled to support these local organisations and they always appreciate an extra pair of hands. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit to find out how often they meet and what projects they’re working on.

For more information about pest control or to get your hands on a trap, contact Pest Free Upper Hutt at or on 021 145 9789.

If you’d like to learn more about our commitment to the environment, check out our Sustainability Strategy.