On a beautiful Sunday in late March the second volunteer day of the year for the Friends of Wairaki Stream (FOWS) finally got underway at Lynfield Cove after a delay caused by lock down. Seaweek sponsored the event (thank you!) and we celebrated with pizzas for our hard-working troops.
Wow. What a great day we had with over 65 people. Heaps of rubbish was picked up from the beach, bush and stream. After the event clotheslines were filled with washed gloves – 106 on one line!
One group made it their mission to dig out and rid the stream of a huge old tractor tyre; packed with wet mud, it weighed a ton. They tried and pried and rocked and pulled and finally got some leverage. With lots of laughter along with the mud splatter - the average age was 50 – that’s including one 30-year-old! - finally it was rolled along to the bank edge where the youn’uns pushed it up the bank, while others hauled it out with ropes. A great effort and very satisfying, until some bright spark pipes up, “Here’s another one!”
Later, treading carefully around the slippery rocks we came upon a secret cave! The stories flew about pirates, dinosaurs, and mythical, magical creatures. Fantastic to hear such creativity and imagination is still alive today.
We have the most awesome people attending our working days, just so keen on doing something for the environment. Thank you to CVNZ Migrant Group, local Rotary, Lynfield College International Students, Iona Scouts and lots of families and other locals. After the event clotheslines were filled with washed gloves – 106 on one line!
Our next volunteer days are Saturdays May 8 and May 29. See you there! (Search “Friends of Wairaki Stream” on Facebook for more info).