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Friends share knowledge of Belmont Regional Park

Published: Thu 16 Dec 2004 11:39 AM
Friends share knowledge of Belmont Regional Park
The Friends of Belmont Regional Park want to share their knowledge of this diverse area – the hills between Lower Hutt and Porirua – with you this summer.
The volunteer group is organising three events as part of Greater Wellington’s Regional Outdoors programme.
“Belmont Regional Park, with its iconic trig at the highest point, is sometimes seen as hard to get to. It isn’t really as there are good tracks from many entrances. The whole park is full of interesting history, great views and enjoyable landscapes. Come and have a closer look,” says Richard Sadleir of the Friends of Belmont Regional Park.
The Friends also help out with the park projects including pest control and protecting native trees. Bill Milne will lead a two-hour guided walk, Clean, Green and…Goats, in the Korokoro Valley on Sunday, 16 January.
There’s an open day to Discover the Hidden Valley on Saturday, 29 January. It includes sheep shearing demonstrations by the ranger Chris Wootton, a tour of the botany of Belmont and 4WD rides to the top of Belmont trig.
Later in the summer, on Saturday 5 March, you can walk the Old Coach Road. This historic road within the park was the first road link between the Hutt Valley and Porirua.
Park ranger Chris Wootton says, “Greater Wellington is really pleased to be working with the Friends of Belmont to bring you these events. We hope they’ll help bring more people into the park to discover its secrets.”
To book for the events phone 5265330 or email bookings@gw.govt.nz

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