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Expert insight into a unique landscape

News release

22 February 2008

Expert insight into a unique landscape

Budding botanists and biology buffs should book now for Plant Life in the Park a rare insight into the ecology of Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday 1 March. This free event is part of Greater Wellington's summer Regional Outdoors Programme.

"Queen Elizabeth Park is a precious reminder of how Kapiti's coastline looked before large-scale human habitation. Although some parts of the park have been altered, the basic system of dunes backed by wetlands has largely remained intact, providing a fascinating glimpse into an intriguing ecosystem," says Amanda Cox, Greater Wellington's Parks Marketing Manager.

Greater Wellington botanist Robyn Smith will lead the tour, sharing her expert knowledge of the park's ecological heritage. Participants will tour the park's nursery, revegetated wetlands, coastal forests remnants, communities of sand-binding native plants and the weeds that threaten these plants.

"They'll find out more about the work that Greater Wellington is doing with community groups to protect and enhance the park's ecosystem, and we'll provide them with a plant list so they can learn more about plants that are crucial to the restoration of the coastal environment," says Amanda.

When: Saturday 1 March, 10am-2pm
Where: Enter Queen Elizabeth Park at MacKays Crossing off SH1 and meet at the ranger's office.
What to bring: Warm clothes, strong shoes, picnic lunch, at least one litre of water per person, sunblock and a sun hat.
Bookings: Bookings essential (bookings@gw.govt.nz or 04 381 7735)


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