Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 1, 30 April 2016

On Saturday 30th April 2016 from 2-4pm, an enthusiastic group of volunteers assembled at Drayton Drive for a welcome and Council briefing on safety and plant identification. They then launched into clearing broom and fennel and thinning native creepers smothering young native seedlings. All cleared vegetation was spread under existing native seedlings to retain moisture and suppress further weeds. Apart from a break for cake and tea refreshments they worked steadily, clearing a significant area of the Reserve which everyone walking the tracks will easily notice.

This volunteer group, 40+ in number already, aims to work with Council to create a local wildlife area of native plants, birds, lizards, fish and insects, by accelerating plantings, improving the streambed and water quality, reducing soil erosion, controlling litter and animal and plant pests and improving tracks and facilities. 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.