Project summary

What we’re doing 

Our Parks and Recreation team are trialing growing wildflower meadows and not mowing at selected sites across the city during spring and early summer. These trials will be implemented to test the effectiveness of long grass and meadows across a variety of landscapes.  

The locations involved in this trial include: 

  • Beale Cottage
  • Derek Heather Park
  • Hamilton East Cemetery
  • Hamilton Lake Domain
  • Hare Puke Park
  • Hillcrest Park
  • Innes Common
  • Korikori Park
  • Mangaiti Park
  • Minogue Park
  • Resthills Park
  • Tauhara Park
  • Yendell Park.

Why we’re doing it 

We want to experiment and evaluate the outcomes and benefits of growing long grass and meadows. 

This isn’t the first time it’s been done in Hamilton. In 2019, a public art installation by Adrienne Grant tried the concept out on a smaller scale.

What's next?

We are currently gathering data to evaluate the outcomes and perceived benefits of the trial. We are also collating feedback from people in the community about their thoughts on the no-mow and wildflower meadows.

This project will

  • Enhance biodiversity in Hamilton Kirikiriroa

  • Create spontaneous play opportunities

  • Reduce emissions from mowing and related activities

Frequently asked questions

Can you pick the flowers?

We want the flowers to be seen and enjoyed by all, so please leave the flowers in the ground and do not pick them.

When will the flowers be visible?

Flowers have begun to get planted. It will take around two weeks to complete planting (finished by end of September). Depending on the species, we expect the meadows to flower from late spring through to early summer.


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Last updated 24 January 2024