On Saturday 18th May we suspiciously eyed the rain clouds at 9.30am that should not have been there. Optimistically we set up anyway, only to have raindrops wash away the writing on the sign… quick - Plan B! Then, as we trooped down the pathway at 10am the rain fortuitously stopped. Phew!
Greeted by swathes of palm grass and tangled vines trying to trip us at every opportunity, we twenty stalwarts set to work clearing Tradescantia and blue morning glory.
While making some safe pathways, we piled the seed heads of the palm grass and placed the evil vines into a gigantic weed bag. Some of our team decided to vent the frustrations of their week by grubbing and spading the palm grass out of the ground, as well as some ginger roots, resulting in some very satisfied grins.
The weed bodies we piled into composting heaps, adding the ginger roots to our weed bag. We also had a go at making insect hotels and will watch with interest to see who and what inhabits them.
A small group went rubbish collecting and was very pleased to report that there were no trolleys in the stream - success! They also wrestled a couple of ponga logs from the stream that were blocking the flow. The grateful stream sighed with relief. Another small group targeted the Toe toe and were very pleased to release this native to grow and prosper.
We have a very dedicated community team, including students and staff from Lynfield College. We really appreciate people donating whatever time they can to help enhance our nature reserve and enjoy their satisfied smiles at the end, hopefully a sign that they also feel the value of their efforts.
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