Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 4, 27 June 2016


Meet at the Avery Place entrance at 2pm on Saturday 30th July 2016

---We will have seedlings to plant and some weeds to clear and mulch under native trees ( after a health and safety briefing and basic plant identification from a Council Officer).

---Some Council equipment and gloves will be available but you may prefer to bring your own gloves, secateurs, loppers and pruning saws

---Wear sturdy shoes or boots, warm clothes, sunhat and safety glasses

---If weather is bad, the alternative date will be Sat 6th August

---Cake and hot tea will be provided!  Bring your water bottle and a cup for tea.


With three of us on Saturday 18th and ten at our monthly working bee on Saturday 25th there has been impressive progress with clearing and mulching along the Drayton Drive track and we have planted 30 totara and felled 3 wilding macrocarpas. Many thanks to Frances Singleton for the rest of the lovely cake. Well done all and hopefully more volunteers will join in on the 25th.


Thanks to Kerri Yates for looking after us the last month and Bridie will be our new Council Officer from the end of June.  


I have walked through the Reserve with Colin Meurk and Cynthia Roberts (ecologists) and now have 9 different habitats identified with the main plant species listed for each. This will form the basis of our future planting efforts. Colin also found several less well known native plants which need looking after. All we can do at this stage is ask you only to pull out plants you are sure are weeds! We hope to get some name tags organised for vulnerable plants. We have been given 300 plants to put in this winter and have started with the 30 totara mentioned above. Planting will continue over the next month or so as we clear weeds to make space.


Some specific help would be appreciated for monitoring the stream health using a NIWA kit.


We are refining strategies  for pest monitoring and control and for bird counts.


Please diary these Saturdays 2-4pm :  July 30, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26, Dec 17.   If you want to volunteer any time or resources to this long-term community project, contact Dave Bryce 021363498 or email: ecosolutions@xtra.co.nz.