Flat Top Hill Conservation Area
Flat Top Hill Conservation area is the location of our flagship revegetation project.
Our first planting in 2020 had a few hiccups with the appearance of COVID preventing the ground preparation we had planned. Rampant, exotic grass growth has been a major factor to the first year’s 69% survival rate here. The 2021 planting has a first year result of 83% survival which is 14% better that the 2020 plot’s first year, so we can see we are doing things better.
The 2020 planting site. The larger trees are Coprosmas, ribbonwoods and Olearias that survived the initial planting by the Dept. of Conservation.
The Alexandra Rotarians helped us greatly in 2020 with our first planting.
These are the 45 species we have trialled, 14 of which are on the NZTCS list as ‘Threatened‘ or ‘At Risk’. To date approximately (Jun 2022) 34% are these uncommon plants that could do with having their populations boosted.
Dryland planting relies on natural rainfall for plant survival. In most locations across the country this would be fine but here in Central we need to accept there will be failures. To mitigate this, we have been working hard to assess the right species for the site. There is a lack of information in this area so by trialling a large number of different plant species and regular monitoring of all our plantings we are gaining some good insights.
FTH 2021 planting
Site planted out in April & May 2021
Volunteers at our public planting day
FTH 2022 planting
Site once planted out (October 2022)
WSP corporate volunteering once the day had warmed up to 3 degrees celsius!