By Gwen Levick
This lovely walk in Owhiro Bay was new to all twelve of us. Delyse had seen a reference to it on the internet and Bruce and Gwen followed up with a reconnaissance. Built on an old landfill, formerly known as Preston’s Gully, Tawatawa Reserve is surrounded on three sides by hills and has been planted extensively by conservation volunteers. We followed the Loop Track, which begins at a nursery owned by the Southern Environmental Association. These dedicated volunteers, who were busily potting plants when we passed by, were happy to answer our questions. They have planted more than 30,000 shrubs and trees here and in other local sites.