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!
Presently the greenhouse is predominantly used by College pupils for horticultural purposes.
Most plants are produced by volunteers for the society to use or sell, but the Waihi Beach Environment Society are producing their own plants using the facilities. We would be happy to work with other community groups who want plants for specific projects.
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 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.