Kowhai are in full flower at Paremata, on a sunny day worth a visit to see all the Tui feeding in the Kowhai, be quick will be soon all gone.
Have been waiting on a reasonably fine weekend for a working bee, this Sunday (31st July) they are calling fine!!, so would be good if you were available, a number of jobs need doing, will start 9.30 and finish at 3 pm.
There are a variety of jobs;
- Weeding, always ongoing!, we will be continuing with the grid searching, will concentrate on the block planted three years ago on the Maori Pa Rd side of spring creek, bring gloves, spade, digging trowel or secateurs.
- Clearing Fence lines, this is always an important job to remove foliage from shorting the electric fence, we look to cut back foliage to around .800 to 1 meter off the fence, bring Hedge clippers, hand saw.
- Clearing Maori Pa Rd trap line and flood paddock, the trap line which runs between Paremata flats and Uri (Bishops Peninsula) needs cutting back as does the fence that surrounds the flood paddock and protects the creek that runs through the flood paddock. (The flood paddock is the paddock that is grazed by the Paremata lessee, is called the flood paddock NOT because it floods but is used when Paremata Flats floods by the Paremata lessee to protect his stock), need hedge clippers, secateurs, handsaw.
- Digging up Ngaio seedlings for transplanting, we want to transplant Ngaio seedlings into the estuarine influenced area of the new plantings, need spade and bucket
- Heeling in new plantings and re staking sleeves, in this years plantings a number have what we call wind twirl, either they were not heeled in sufficiently at planting or due to the rain we have had, combined with wind have loosened in the ground resulting in a gap developing between the trunk and the soil, we need to heel them in and in many cases stand the plant back up, unless we do this the plant will ultimately die. With the weather conditions we have been having, a number of plant shields have been blowing over and bamboo stakes breaking, these need re staking. Need to bring a heavy foot!, solid footwear.
- New track, the new track running parallel with the road in the new plantings needs to be finished, need to bring a grubber.
So there you go, plenty of jobs and plenty of variety 9.30 start finish 3 pm, remember to sign in, the book will be on the bonnet of my truck, I will give two briefings on jobs on site at 9.30 and 12.30 at my truck (white flatdeck Toyota) outside of these times you will have to find me or if you know what you want to do and what is required, go to it.
Project Janszoon are restoring kahikatea forest to a wetland near Awaroa in Abel Tasman National Park. Forest and Bird have been assisting with this planting over the past few years. This will be an opportunity for those who have already been involved to see the progress and for others to join in. Accommodation for the weekend will be at the historic Ngarata Homestead at Totaranui. Contact Helen Lindsay by email or 03 528 402
The planting at Paremata has come to an end, today was the last day, it ended along Maori Pa Rd where we have been infilling among existing plantings. Thank you to all those who helped and a special thanks to those of you who came multiple times, very much appreciated.
An amazing team effort to have raised $190,000 and planted 80,000 trees in 5 years, to see the size of the trees planted 5 years ago is a sneak preview as to what the native alluvial forest we have planted will look like in the future and all achieved by a dedicated group of volunteers, WELL DONE!!
From Tuesday 28th June we will be back into the weeding, every Tuesday 10.30 till 4pm, Irene Ward organises this and can be contacted by email we will aim to organise a working bee at least once a month, will keep you up to date on when we will have the working bees.
I will aim to get the final update out to everyone in the next month or so.
Again a big THANKYOU to you all, job well done,
Planting is cancelled tomorrow due to weather, back out there on Saturday planting along Maori Pa Rd.
The pioneer planting at Paremata has been completed with 21400 pioneer trees in the ground in 18 planting days through the efforts of 294 planters who gave 1238 volunteer hours a fantastic effort and a special thanks to those planters who came multiple times to plant and that dedicated group who came to every planting, a very special thanks as it was their efforts that resulted in completing the pioneer planting in such quick time.
Planting will now continue along Maori Pa Rd esplanade reserve, on behalf of NCC we will infill and plant a couple of areas requested by Council, this will enhance the corridor between Paremata and Uri, once again your volunteer help will be appreciated.
Planting will be every Sat, Sun Tues and Thurs from 8am till 4 pm, look out for my white Toyota truck, planting will start in the flood paddock which is the first paddock past Paremata.
Once this is finished we will return to plant some canopy trees at Paremata, getting close to the end of what has been an amazing planting journey.
Planting is back underway this weekend 8 am till 4pm, with 67 mm of rain fallen at Cable Bay over the last day and as we are now into May with rain or showers predicted for most of next week then it is time to get back into it.
As we are now behind with planting due to the past months dry conditions we are going to increase the planting days to four a week Sat, Sun, Tues and Thursday 8 am to 4pm, once again look forward to your support and if you are part of any work or social groups that may be keen to plant but the days designated don’t suit then let me know and I will work in.
With recent rain we will be underway with the planting at Paremata Flats Reserve from this Wed 6th April. We will be planting every Wed, Sat and Sun from 8am till 4pm, would be great to see you there at some point.
What to bring
- Spade, solid footwear, gloves
On planting days there will be an option to also put some mulch around the planted trees, wheel barrow, shovel and rake will be on site, we also have a small track to bench, no more than a 100 meters or so, where a future trapping line will run. (grubber available)
This will be our final pioneer planting year, with 25000 trees to get in the ground we look forward to your continued support, we would also really appreciate if you could use your social media contacts to highlight the project and encourage them to come to the planting too.
If you are part of an organisation that as a group, you would be keen to plant but the planting days don’t work, then contact me to arrange a suitable day, more than happy to accommodate.
Health and Safety
- Parking, drive onto Paremata Flats; we will be planting in the right hand side paddock next to Maori Pa Rd, park over near the gates into the planting paddock, DO NOT park on Maori Pa Rd.
- Please sign in and out the attendance book which will be on the bonnet of the White flat deck or if raining on the driver’s seat.
- Electric fences will be ON, so enter the planting paddock through the gates.
- First Aid Kit will be in the truck on seat
- Only use a spade if wearing solid footwear
- Be mindful when lifting full Root Trainers on how you lift, use your legs, not your back.
- If fine bring hat and sunblock
- Plenty of water to drink
Look forward to catching up with you all again.