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Wellington Town Belt Management Plan

How to protect open space whilst staying true to it's natural, landscape, historic and cultural values

Wellington’s Town Belt is a treasured green space in New Zealand’s capital city. It was set aside by the city’s founding fathers in 1840 and, today, its tree-clad slopes provide a 424-hectare green backdrop to the central business district and a multi-use public recreation resource.

Boffa Miskell was engaged in 1991 to prepare the Town Belt’s first comprehensive management plan. Background research reports on ecology, landscape, forest cover, recreation, history, administration and management were prepared. The community was also consulted for its views about the Town Belt’s future.

We then worked with a small team of city councillors and council staff to prepare the management plan and consult further with the public. The over-riding principles were to ensure the Town Belt’s precious open space was protected for public recreation and managed to conserve and enhance its natural, landscape, historic and cultural values. Policies were drafted to ensure that use and development were managed in an integrated and consistent manner and the long-term restoration of native forest to substantial areas planned.

The plan was adopted in 1994 and has since guided the Town Belt’s management and development.

In 2000 Boffa Miskell prepared the Wellington Town Belt Vegetation Implementation Plan for the Wellington City Council – a 20 year plan that assigned priorities for action and long-term funding for implementing the long-term vegetation management objectives in the management plan. The project included analysis of current practices, detailed development and costing of typical vegetation management regimes, including revegetation with native species, and recommendations for record-keeping and monitoring.

Our role

Research, policy development, project co-ordination and consultation.

The facts

ClientWellington City Council
Project teamBoyden Evans
Worked with

Critchlow Associates (mapping)
the late John Wendelken (forestry)
Dr Maggie Wassilief (ecology)
Phillips Fox (legal)
Roger May (forestry)
Walter Cook (history)

Project date2000
AwardsNew Zealand Parks and Recreation Association 1995 Award (for the 1994 management plan).
Bronze Award, Landscape Planning category - New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Awards 2002 (for the vegetation implementation plan).