We are looking forward to planting season as the weather cools, and plants in our Station Road nursery grow ever larger. We are now taking orders from people wanting to buy plants for their properties.

Nearly 30,000 plants have been grown this year from locally sourced seed.  Manuka, cabbage trees and flax make up the majority, as they are perfect for large scale regenerative planting.  Several thousand Karamu and grass-like sedges are also thriving in the nursery.  OHS grows the native plants to sell to farmers and lifestyle block owners in the area of the old Otamatea County Council (roughly Ruawai to Mangawhai), and via the Kaipara Moana Remediation scheme, which primarily assists landowners with more than 20 hectares of land to develop sediment reduction projects that improve water quality in the harbour.

For small land owners this year our plants are all a flat rate of $35/tray of 28 m which is just $1.25/plant. (KMR has a special pricing scheme – you’ll get information on that from your KMR advisor). Although an increase from previous years, this is still a great price for plants. Income from sales is almost the entirety of our income, and we have been running close to the wind in recent years. Increased income will allow the creation of some financial reserves.

Plants are available for planting alongside waterways or erosion-prone land in the Kaipara Harbour catchment whether you have a large farm or a smaller block, (although not to satisfy a resource consent condition).  Register for email updates to get information on plants, eligibility, and quotes by signing up for updates below.