Warkworth Area Forest & Bird volunteers have been busy bush bashing on a trail that runs from Hauiti Drive, in Warkworth, to The Grange shopping centre.
They have been felling the rampant exotics, including privets and pampas, to make room for natives. Project leader Roger Williams said the plan was to plant 400 trees in May next year, alongside a tributary of the Mahurangi River, adjacent to the track.
The trail is well-worn by Mahurangi College students, who have used it to avoid walking along the busy state highway.
Roger said cutting back the dense foliage had revealed an intact dam, which was historically used to supply water to an orchard formerly located where The Grange is now.
From left, Russell Cullen, Roger Williams and Brian Tuck.