A ‘no mow’ pilot at Grey Lynn Park is being funded by the Waitematā Local Board to improve biodiversity outcomes.
Local residents have championed the project and are working alongside Auckland Council to manage the pilot areas on the park’s grassy slopes visible from Williamson Avenue.
Wendy Grey of The Wild Initiative says she’s thankful to the local board for providing funding and support for the project.
“A long-term planting plan is being worked on and signage will explain the purpose and benefits of the no mow pilot."
The Wild Initiative are hoping that by not mowing the pilot areas in the park, soils will regenerate, restoring a healthy ecosystem.
Board chair Richard Northey says the local board are pleased to fund the pilot which supports one of their key priorities, environmental protection and enhancement.
“We look forward to seeing the pilot areas in the park return to wilderness, providing richer habitat for birds, bees and other insects.
The board’s Parks, Sport and Recreation portfolio holder, Adriana Avendaño Christie, says the pilot areas in the park are well suited for native plants to regenerate and the improved ground cover will help with stormwater management.
“The no mow approach has so many benefits in terms of the environment and parks management. We’re excited to watch the progression of this pilot and hopefully roll it out through all our parks and reserves.”
Wendy Grey says she too hopes the pilot at Grey Lynn Park will lead to further no mow trials across the Waitematā Local Board area.