A site within the Eastern Frame of the central city has running water on its surface, springing up from a hole bored into the top aquifer. It is at the corner of Madras and Armagh Streets; and in pre-European days there was a stream close by.  In conjunction with local-resident landscape designer Di Lucas and her associates, including Amanda, we had planned to make  a designed wetland garden here in mid-2013 for which we had access permission from CERA (via LiVs).   “UNFORTUNATELY (says Rhys Taylor, former GtR Coordinator) we find that the land has been requisitioned for a car park by May 2014, for the adjacent Margaret Mahy Amazing Place playground… so that the active kids who come  there to play will only have to walk the minimum distance from their cars!   In a city centre currently so full of bleak open spaces, that’s disappointing, to say the least!”


The site was used until May 2013 for a Two Degrees Mobile cellphone mast on wheels – we followed on from their temporary use by weeding it in July and earthworks began  in October, assisted by HirePool.  Two Degrees offered to help sponsor our garden-making!

Weed removal begins at the Madras-Armagh corner wetland site, Dec 2012



Pegasus Health volunteers thank Orion for the coffees!

Our first action was  litter picking and some control of invasive weeds, in December, assisted by volunteers from Pegasus Health and again by a team in  May, led by Judith and Jonathan, whilst the cellphone tower was in place.





Cellphone tower gone and fences due to go- mid May 2013

The corner site, from across Madras Street whilst the cellphone tower was in use. The conifers are on a Council street margin strip.

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One Response to A wetland native garden

  1. simon Tunnell says:

    Fantastic Ideas, I love the fact that you bring some history into the project, and have business on your side. Also what a good use of native plants in the city, it wont just be any old park, it will be a real park creating biodiversity in the concrete jungle,
    keep up the good work.

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