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Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 3, 15 May 2016

NEXT WORKING BEE

Meet at the Drayton Drive entrance at 2pm on Saturday 25th June 2016

---We may have seedlings to plant but if they don’t arrive in time we will continue with weed clearing and mulching 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 2nd July.

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

RECENT WORK

With three of us on Saturday 4th and six at our monthly working bee on Saturday 11th there has been impressive progress with clearing and mulching along the Drayton Drive track. Many thanks to Frances Singleton for the lovely cake (which will last another day!). Well done all and hopefully more volunteers will join in on the 25th.

COUNCIL OFFICER

Kerri Yates is looking after us while Council decide on another appointment.

TRACKS

Contractors have cleared all the tracks of weed growth now so walking in the reserve is much more enjoyable.

WINTER PLANTING

We are soon to get 500 plants for us to put in this winter, maybe starting this month.

TASKS

We have some volunteers to spearhead planting, plant pests, animal habitat, animal pests and monitoring, but there are several more tasks on the list if anyone wants more involvement.

ANIMAL PESTS & BIRD COUNTS

We have started preparing  strategies  for pest monitoring and control and for bird counts.

HABITATS

Ecologists, Cynthia Roberts and Colin Meurk are providing advice on the location and potential variety of habitats to guide our planting.

FUTURE WORK DAYS

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.