The management of today
Wellington Gardens, Wellington City Council, manages Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush according to four themes:
- Conservation: raising seedlings of threatened species, and playing a key role in New Zealand’s Indigenous Flora Seedbank programme
- Research: conservation science and plant ecology, using the plant collections and Lions Ōtari Native Plant Conservation Laboratory
- Education: school and university education programmes, plant labelling for identification
- Recreation: development and maintenance of walking tracks, paths, walkways and bridges, picnic lawns, signage and interpretation and the Tāne Whakapiripiri Visitor Centre.
Nine (part time and full time) Wellington Gardens’ staff are based at Ōtari. Most focus on developing the gardens and restoring the forest. Two conservation scientists work in the Lions Ōtari Plant Conservation Laboratory. Others work on various roles, such as database and library management and leading education visits.
The Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust plays a key role in management support, also in advocacy, raising awareness, education, protection, restoration programmes, and conservation research.