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COVID-19 Update

March 26, 2020

Avon Ōtākaro Forest Park has taken the decision to suspend all our working bees and planting events across our sites with the current Covid-19 pandemic and will resume activity as soon as it is safe to do so.


We will publish regular articles on both our website and facebook page to keep discussions going on creating a forest and wetland park in the Red Zone.


We appreciate your support and understanding at this difficult time. Feel free to contact us during this period as we want to stay in touch with our supporters.


 take care - Avon Ōtākaro Forest Park Committee.


Our vision is to transform the Avon River Red Zone into a vibrant, city-to-sea native forest park along the Avon-Otakaro River. 

We believe this land should be returned to nature, creating a ribbon of green from the the town centre to New Brighton. A forest park would provide a setting for sensitive recreation, a catalyst for regeneration and tourism, protection from flooding and pollution and enhance our city. It will also create an ecological paradise for native flora and fauna and a clean, green forest park to be enjoyed by all. We advocate for a simple, common sense approach that works with nature to remediate this land for the good of the community and our natural environment. Our forest park proposal is low cost, low impact with huge benefits and returns both directly and indirectly.

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Help us to create and maintain our forest park by coming along to one of our regular red zone working bees

Bexley wetlands

Bexley wetlands proposal as part of the Avon-Otakaro Forest Park