Otari volunteer working with native plant seedlings

ABOUT OTARI-WILTON'S BUSH TRUST

 

WHO WE ARE

 

Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust is a public charitable trust made up of people who care deeply about the preservation of this internationally significant New Zealand bush and forest reserve. Our 400 members, of whom over 100 are active regularly at Otari, are key to its success and ongoing development.

 

Among our ranks are  scientists, teachers, academics, retirees and volunteers – all with the common aim of sustaining Otari for future generations. Volunteers chose how they would like to get involved from a wide range of activities.

 

WHAT WE DO

 

  • advocating for native plant conservation in the Wellington Region and nationally
  • educating the community on native plants and ecosystems
  • responding to Council plans affecting Otari
  • working at Otari on pest control, forest restoration, seed propagation etc.

 

We have an elected board which meets monthly and oversees a yearly schedule of working parties, fundraising events and other activities. The Trust is a member of the NZ Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).

CHOOSE HOW YOU'D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED AT OTARI

Otari volunteer hosting bus tour group

HOSTING & GUIDING

 

Providing general and specific information for visitors, based at the Te Marae o Tane Information Centre. Accompanying the varied tour groups to Otari, from cruise ship visitors to garden clubs and school groups.

Otari nursery volunteer work

SEEDS & PROPAGATION

 

Collecting and cleaning seeds to supply the seed bank in Palmerston North, and propagate at Otari.

 

Otari founder Dr Leonard Cockayne

RESEARCH & ADMINISTRATION

 

Managing Trust membership, financials and reporting; researching Otari's history and native plant propagation; updating website, and preparing exhibitions.

 

 

Otari volunteer doing pest control

PEST CONTROL & RESTORATION

 

Monthly weeding, maintenance and planting at the Kaiwharawhara Stream Project and other sites within Otari. Eradicating pests in the 100 hectare forest reserve. A good level of fitness is required.

Otari's September Open Day

EVENTS

 

Volunteering at Otari's many yearly events, including the March seminar series, and September Open Days.

Otari volunteer working in tussock

VOLUNTEER DAYS

 

Carrying out maintenance in the native botanic area, and working in the rare plants nursery.

 

 

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