Most of the plants we use are grown in our Council nursery, or are from other eco-source suppliers, such as Trees for Canterbury. For restoration projects, it is important that our plants are eco-sourced – that means they come from the same ecological area.
There can be an amazing amount of variety between the same species of plant growing in different areas; in form, size, and leaf shape. By growing plants specific to different ecological areas we protect this diversity. The plants are also more likely to survive as they are specifically adapted to the conditions at this site.
Eco-sourcing ensures genetic purity by growing plants from seeds or cuttings collected from their original habitat or source. Planting the right native species will provide the right habitat for native wildlife and a seed source for natural regeneration.