Sanatorium Hill Restoration Project. An offshoot from the main activities of Cambridge Tree Trust is an interest in Maungakawa Reserve, in particular in the "Tuis 2000" pest control project.
Cambridge Tree Trust and Tui 2000 of Hamilton, with the support of local landowners, have sponsored a programme to:
- Restore natural habitat and cultural heritage of Maungakawa/Sanatorium Hill
- Raise community awareness of the cultural and ecological values of the area. Confusion reigns over the names used for this area. Maungakawa Reserve is also called Sanatorium Hill (there was a sanatorium there). Its original name was Pukemako (Hill of the bellbird), and it is also known as Gudex Park, to honour the work of Michael Gudex, botanist. Sanatorium Hill includes Maungakawa Reserve and Gudex Memorial Reserve. It is about 4kms from Cambridge.
- Restore and develop Gudex Memorial Reserve for recreational enjoyment.
- Enlist support for implementing and monitoring a pest programme that will remove rats and other pests so that native birds can breed. While the birds are nesting, there will be a drive to control rats, possum, cats and stoats.
The Department of Conservation built new tracks in the area in 2012.
This link takes you to a small gallery of photos taken in September 2017.. They show how successful the program has been.