Houghton Valley was once covered with native bush and full of bird song before it was cleared for farming. Once farming ceased, invasive weeds such as gorse quickly took over the steep slopes. Reforestation of native plants began in 1970 and is still being done today by the local community including the students of Houghton Bay School. Students can now learn and play in the forest surrounded by the chattering of tui and the odd screeching of the kaka.
If you enjoy the outdoors and getting your hands dirty, join us for our upcoming working bee where we will be planting native trees in sites that would otherwise be covered by invasive weeds.
Please register on our website or get in touch with us https://bookings.conservationvolunteers.org/project/houghton-valley-planting