Taken from the Campbells Bay Times October 2009
Campbells Bay is blessed with large areas of native bush and a fabulous beach. Centennial Park is the bay’s green heart - a 28-hectare native forest restoration project that has been ongoing for more than 30 years. Weeds and weed trees, such as pines, have been controlled and thousands of native trees planted and fostered. As a result, the bay’s bird life is bountiful - tui, kereru, morepork and about 30 other species are regularly observed. Centennial Park Bush Society is working on a pest control plan for the park - rats, possums and cats kill wildlife. Outside the park, the bay has good green cover including significant stands of native trees along the north branch of the stream and at the northern end of the beach.
Campbells Bay Urban Sanctuary (CBUS) project, launched earlier this year, aims to extend the “remove weeds, encourage natives and control pests” concept to the entire catchment. The integrity of native bush areas is under threat from weed invasion, including aggressive weed trees such as privet and monkey apple. Mature native trees may come under threat from the RMA simplifying and streamlining amendment which became law in September. CBUS also encourages landowners to manage animal pests such as rats. CBUS accord members include the Bush Society, Residents & Ratepayers Association, Pupuke Golf Club, Campbells Bay Tennis Club, Campbells Bay School, Forest and Bird, the Wilcox family, Mairangi Walking Network and All Hallows Church. We’d love to have you on board. For more information: www.campbellsbayurbansanctuary.org.nz
Richard Hursthouse (Chairman, Centennial Park Bush Society)