Stage 2 planting of Belmont Wetland

22 June, 2020

Contractors are completed stage 2 of planting at the new Belmont pilot wetland. This wetland is the forerunner for schemes designed to manage stream and stormwater run-off into Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, improving its water quality and supporting habitats for wildlife.

Belmont School and the Hill Road community have been involved in previous plantings, however this phase includes more challenging planting with sedges and water-tolerant plants, so specialist contractors are leading this stage. We look forward to partnering with the school and community for future planting in the area.

With the recent rain Morphum Environmental Limited Ecological Engineer Stu Farrant visited the wetland. He says "the inlet structures that flow through the wetland are working as designed, protecting the wetland from extreme flows".

It is hoped that the pilot wetland will help us better understand how we can incorporate wetlands into the design for RiverLink

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