Group ex­plores green cor­ri­dor

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Thirty-five peo­ple ex­plored the pro­posed new green cor­ri­dor be­tween Porirua, Welling­ton and Lower Hutt cities re­cently.

The group reached the top of the Bel­mont Hills by a steep walk up the Can­nons Creek val­ley head­wa­ters and from the Korokoro val­ley, on Fe­bru­ary 19.

Four con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions want to see the Korokoro bush joined to the Can­nons Creek bush by fenc­ing off the streams be­tween and plant­ing na­tive trees, to re­duce ero­sion and the sed­i­men­ta­tion in Porirua and Welling­ton har­bours, says Friends of Maara Roa spokes­woman Sylvia Jenkin.

The views from the sad­dle be­tween Korokoro and Can­nons Creek show the ex­ten­sive link­age pos­si­ble if Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil pri­ori­tises the work with the help of com­mu­nity and groups such as For­est & Bird, she says.

It was the con­sen­sus of those who un­der­took the walk that stream pro­tec­tion by plant­ing needed to be­gin now if the im­pact of the Trans­mis­sion Gully Mo­tor­way is to be tem­pered.

Trekking: Walk leader Peter Hunt, cen­tre, from Welling­ton For­est & Bird, with Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor Helene Ritchie, left, and Bel­mont Park ranger Jeremy Pater­son on the re­turn to Takapu Road park en­trance.

Vi­tal vista: View down the pro­posed bush cor­ri­dor on the Welling­ton and Porirua side of the Bel­mont Hills, look­ing out to the Porirua Har­bour and Kapiti Is­land. The Maara Roa restora­tion area is par­tially vis­i­ble as a green patch, cen­tre of im­age.

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