Rare remnant of Nelson forest open to public
Kelly’s Bush features pre-European tawa, titoki, matai and other native trees that are home to 18 species of native birds including kereru, kingfisher, morepork and the New Zealand falcon, karearea.
Three species of gecko, giant earthworms, rare fungi and orchids are also found in the seven-hectare stand of bush in Enner Glynn.
Kelly also won the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network’s individual award this year for her conservation work in the bush.
She said the tawa berries in the bush provided the main food source for kereru in Nelson city and large flocks of the birds gathered to feed.
More than 1000 people visited the bush on the four open days held each year, and school and community groups also visited. Because the bush was in a working farm permission was required outside of open days.
The Kelly’s Bush open day will be held, wet or fine, from 11am to 4pm, at 100 Enner Glynn Rd on Sunday, November 12. Admission is free, no dogs.
Posted: 9 November 2017