Environment

2.1 Gardens, beaches and green open spaces

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We manage the city’s natural environment and gardens in ways that balance conservation and enhancement with opportunities for enjoyment and recreation.

What we do

From the green hills and the Town Belt to the wild south coast and the city’s botanic gardens, Wellington is surrounded by nature. Our activities seek to preserve the city’s unique environment and protect and restore its biodiversity. A high-quality natural environment enhances the city’s ‘sense of place’ and provides attractive, safe and accessible places for leisure and recreation. Our aim is to enhance enjoyment of these areas.

We ensure that the city’s beaches and coastline remain healthy through a programme involving dune protection, planting, erosion control and maintenance of boating facilities. We look after the city’s parks and gardens, including the Botanic Garden, Otari Wilton’s Bush, Bolton Street Memorial Park, Truby King Park, the Town Belt and many other reserve areas.

We grow about 80,000 native plants each year in our Berhampore Nursery for use in parks, gardens and open spaces and manage over 30 hectares of lawns on over 700 sites throughout the city.

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Measuring our performanceTop

Our targets for 2014/15 are:

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2.1 Gardens, Beaches and Green Open Spaces Operating expenditure 2014/15 Capital expenditure
2014/15
Income Expenditure Net expenditure Total
($000) ($000) ($000) ($000)
2.1.1 - Local parks and open spaces (611) 8,545 7,934 1,098
2.1.2 - Botanic gardens (409) 4,762 4,353 602
2.1.3 - Beaches and coast operations (51) 1,371 1,320 568
2.1.4 - Roads open spaces (667) 7,645 6,978 -
2.1.5 - Town belts (209) 5,080 4,871 110
2.1.6 - Community environmental initiatives - 632 632 -
2.1.7 - Walkways - 597 597 625
2.1.8 - Biodiversity (pest management) (38) 1,530 1,492 -
2014/15 2.1 Total (1,985) 30,162 28,177 3,003
         
2013/14 Total (1,755) 29,010 27,255 2,653
2012–22 LTP Yr 3 Total (1,843) 31,056 29,213 2,605
Variance 2012–22 LTP Yr 3 to AP 14/15 (142) (894) (1,036) 398
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