On establishment three main areas were created:

  • A potting shed was erected by volunteers led by Waihi Mitre 10 staff. The potting shed is a 13 x 8 metre building, with small office and small gear room. The main room today is used for potting activities, morning teas, meetings and storage of equipment.
  • A greenhouse was built – by Bay Orchard Shelters using a Redpath model
  • A shadehouse (approx 18 x 16 metres) was also constructed

In 2007-8 the standing out beds were rebuilt. Two areas were levelled, metalled and weed mat covered as well as enclosed by windbreaks. Since then smaller additional areas have been developed so that the nursery has a capacity of holding about 25,000 plants at any one time. It helps to have ex farmers amongst the volunteers!

In 2020 work commenced on another extension of the standing out areas, with provision for another 30,000 plants being made. This area is being made fully operational by Autumn 2021.

While volunteers continue to play a significant part in the maintenance of the nursery and creation of plants, two staff are now employed to work in the nursery – at present for a total of over 50 hours per week.

Most plants produced are for riparian planting though we also grow some canopy trees – some for sale to other groups such as Kauri 2000 and Coromandel Coastal Walkways and others to enhance existing bush areas or along the Hauraki Rail Trail.

We are not generally a retailer of plants – but are happy to talk with landowners, farmers, or private individuals who wish to do areas of native restoration about how we can support  that.