Our city as a living laboratory

21 September 2018

Research Officer Dr Kiri Wallace.

Research Officer Dr Kiri Wallace will be one of the speakers at the Tauranga Urban Restoration Workshop on Friday 5 October.

Walk around any corner in the Tauranga CBD at the moment and you’re likely to see some sort of building development underway, including the University of Waikato’s new campus taking shape on Durham St. While this is evidence of a thriving local economy with its eye to the future, there are other important aspects to creating a sustainable, successful future for urban growth. One of those is the ecological integrity of our urban green spaces and indigenous nature.

Dr Kiri Wallace is a Research Officer with the University of Waikato Environmental Research Institute, and urban forest restoration ecology is her field of expertise.

Dr Wallace says that restored urban forests in city parks make for wonderful "living laboratories" that provide valuable learning opportunities for citizens and students alike because they are right on our doorsteps.

Dr Wallace will be one of the speakers at a Tauranga Urban Restoration Workshop where she will introduce scientific principles underpinning urban forest restoration and present research findings from data collected from Tauranga’s restored urban forest patches. “These findings will be couched in the larger framework of the nation-wide People, Cities & Nature Programme that is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment,” she says.

Specifically, Dr Wallace will share research that reveals a predictable timeline along which forest plantings mature, allowing us to formulate efficient management and budgeting plans for restoration work. She will also talk about effective methods for kick-starting native tree regeneration and reducing weed problems, as well as highlighting some of the more important ecosystem properties when it comes to successful restoration of urban forests.

Tauranga Urban Restoration Workshop

Who: Co-hosted by the Tauranga City Council and People, Cities & Nature in association with the University of Waikato Environmental Research Institute and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Where: Tauranga Historic Village Cinema, 17th Ave West, Tauranga

When: Friday 5 October, 9.30am-1.00pm

Registration: This is a free workshop, including lunch, but please register to attend by emailing before Monday 1 October.

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