This project is a true community collaboration to beautify and restore the heart of Titirangi Village. Key sites around the village are being revamped with targeted rubbish and weed removal, plant restoration and a beautification programme. So far the local board and some local businesses have been involved with restoration. All village businesses have been invited to get involved, as well as the general public to join in working bees and an educational, fun event in early 2017.
The idea for all this came from a local sick of seeing invasive wild ginger spreading into other areas of Titirangi – an eyesore for a village that is so beautiful. The ginger had been there for over 30 years! Waitākere Ranges Local Board provided an injection of funding to get the project off the ground, so visible results could encourage others to get involved. Since then, a number of invasive sites have been controlled for weeds, and the major site by the SuperValue planted with beautiful, biodiversity-supporting natives including native grasses, hebe, mountain flax and kōwhai.
The next steps will be to continue to engage village businesses for collaboration and support, and run short educational working bees in the village, the up-coming community event, and easy ongoing care for the land behind businesses.
Contact Gecko NZ Trust if you’d like to be involved.
With support from Waitākere Ranges Local Board