Greenwood Park’s Quail trail
Tui, woodpigeons and quails share this village trail with the residents of Greenwood Park
A wet and boggy area overgrown by rampant nettles, gorse, scrub and blackberries is now a kilometre-long trail of native trees, wetlands, and even a natural amphitheatre, bordering Greenwood Park village in Tauranga.
For the village’s garden manager of 34 years, David Wilson, watching the project he instigated come to life for residents brings immense pride.
“It’s a real asset for the village. Residents who wants to go for a bush walk don’t have to get in their car and drive – it’s on their doorstep. It’s a safe, tranquil walk they can do with friends and family. They’re thankful to have it – we get told that constantly.”
David and his team spent two years cutting, burning and spraying the area before starting a programme of native planting that now attracts tui, pukeko, woodpigeons – and the eponymous quails. A resident sets out rat bait and possum traps to ensure birds are safe from predators.
Garden Manager, David Wilson
Residents Jenny and Les Gallyer have since built the subsidiary Quail Loop, transforming a natural spring into a forest pond. At one point, there is a large, natural amphitheatre known as The Basin, planted in exotic trees, some 15-20m tall – a mini arboretum.
A wooden seat has been nicknamed ‘Vant-age Point’ after former resident Mr Vant who regularly visited the trail with transistor radio, thermos and stool to plant edible and ornamental plants – a magnificent Copper Beech tree, a maple and a fig are now testament to his work.