Port Saddle Planting Day

Volunteers at planting day

The Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) is proud to work with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT), Enviroschools groups and local residents to restore the 17ha Port Saddle in Lyttelton.

The next public planting day will be held on Sunday, September 15, and provides a chance to plant native trees and learn about the unique ecology, flora and fauna of this special place.

Planting day details

When: Sunday, September 15, 10am to 4pm.

Where: Meet at Port Talk on London Street, Lyttelton at 9.45am. There will be a 10 minute walk uphill to the site from there.

Bring: Gloves, warm layers, wet weather gear, sturdy footwear, water and lunch.

Provided: Planting tools and fruit and biscuits for morning tea.

How to register

To register: Contact Sophie Hartnell, sophie.hartnell@bpct.org.nz or 03 329 3640.

The partnership between LPC and BPCT

LPC’s environment and planning manager Kim Kelleher said the partnership between the Port and the BPCT was focused on removing weeds and pests and restoring habitat through planting native trees, lovingly grown from locally collected seeds by the Department of Conservation’s Motukarara Conservation Nursery.

“We see the partnership between LPC and BPCT as incredibly important. Our aim is for the area to be used for ecological restoration, recreation and environmental education,” Kelleher said.

“We want people to feel like this area is part of their town.”

BPCT volunteer coordinator Sophie Hartnell organises business and community groups throughout the year to work on the Port Saddle land, and said the progress was rewarding.

“It is always a really great day out for volunteers, who learn about the importance of restoring this land to native bush and bringing tui and native fauna back to the area.”

The Tui project

In 2009 and 2010, BPCT released 72 tui on Banks Peninsula. Recent monitoring suggested the population was growing and spreading. Tui were seen in Lyttelton for the first time in 40 years.

Tui are significant ecologically because they are important pollinators of many nectar producing flowering plant species, such as kowhai, flax, rata and fuchsia. Tui also disperse larger seeds from trees like kahikatea, matai and miro.

Sophie encouraged anyone interested to register for the planting day.

“It is a great day out where you can make a meaningful difference to our local environment and work alongside other volunteers.”

*Lyttelton Port Company is a partner of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan. The Port Saddle partnership fits with the plans vision of restoring the ecological and cultural health of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour as mahinga kai, for generations to come.