Awahuri Forest Kitchener Park
Awahuri Forest – Kitchener Park is a Crown Reserve on the Feilding town boundary, highly significant because it protects one of the few remaining areas of lowland semi-swamp podocarp forest in the Manawatū District.
The charitable trust was set up by the Manawatū District Council to preserve, protect and restore the forest, and to educate future generations about the rare flora and fauna in the park. The park contains many fine specimens of kahikatea, totara, rimu, pukatea and kowhai. There are also many rare species of fungus and insect life in the park, which have been the subject of study by scientists. A large number of people visit the park, where walking and cycling trails are being established, with many opportunities for recreation and study. Professional gardeners care for the forest, and an Education Project Manager coordinates hands-on school visits, for students to learn about its unique features.
PO Box 527 Feilding
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