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Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 48, 29 February 2020

Next Working Bees

2-4pm Autumn/Winter

Sunday 15th March at 2pm and Saturday 28th March at 2pm. Meet at the junction of Main and Avery tracks. We will be weeding, mulching and watering seedlings at both Working Bees.

We will also continue to have extra sessions at 9am on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout March to keep up with watering seedlings.

Working Bees for April will be:

Easter Sunday 12th April 2pm

Anzac Day Saturday 25th 2pm

Recent Work

We had two normal working bees this month, on Sunday 9th (9 of us) and Saturday 29th (11 of us including 4 students from Mt P School). We also had 3 BNZ staff volunteers for Monday 17th clearing weeds, mulching and watering seedlings. Other work during the month included clearing weeds and checking traps. Thanks to those involved, to those who have also worked on many other days, and to Barb for biscuits. Our “Watering Walkers” have also continued this month as well, and are much appreciated, although it has been difficult at times keeping the water bins full! Many thanks to all of you.

Estuary Fest

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Here is Prue helping on our combined display of Drayton Reserve Volunteers and Redcliffs Eco Village Group. It was great to see and chat to many of you who came along, although four hours of mainly talking was quite exhausting! We also talked to many new people and a few decided to join up. All in all a very enjoyable and successful event.

Tour Aotearoa

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Many of you will have seen the front page of the latest Bay Harbour News to see and read about our volunteer Michele who will be doing the length of NZ Tour Aotearoa, and also raising money through “GiveaLittle” for Trees for Canterbury (who supply most of the seedlings which Council gives us to plant in the Reserve).

This has given the Reserve great publicity and more awareness in our local communities. It will be a huge challenge for Michele and we can support her by donating to the cause at: https//givealittle.co.nz//cause/biking-for-the-trees.

You can keep up with her progress on the 25-30 day journey, at: https//touraotearoa2020.maprogress.com/.

Go well Michele.

Watering

This month we only had 20mm rainfall (10 mm last Feb), but 97mm evapotranspiration (142mm last Feb) leaving a water deficit of 77mm. 

Seedlings

We need to continue regularly watering seedlings with 25mm (500ml) each week. Many seedlings are getting this, thanks partly to the “Watering Walkers”, but some (especially further away from the tracks) have still not had much at all. The grasses are very dry and falling over now, making the seedlings easier to see. There are only 4 water stations now (the stream sites are often dry) in the areas where seedlings have been planted in the last two years, and these will be regularly topped up for your use. Please help with the watering as follows:

Adopt a Tree Scheme

Could you please adopt about 6 plants each, tie your own cotton ribbons on their stakes so you can easily find them and try to give them about 500ml of water each week (can do 6 seedlings with 3L). There will be several 3L milk bottles at water bins. Also, the generous neighbour below the Craigieburn entrance has installed a tap beside the track for your use. Leave your empty bottles at any of these places.

Pests

We have trapped 2 possums in the Reserve for the month, but 8 mice and 4 rats have been trapped on neighbouring properties. We have also disposed of numerous Asian Paper Wasps and nests.

Weeds

Please keep cutting flowers and seeds off weeds to avoid them spreading. 

Volunteers

We now have 181 supporters on our email list and look forward to having more volunteers join us for a chat and helping hand on our future working bees. You are sure to find it very satisfying, planting and caring for native trees and wildlife and restoring the Reserve to its former glory, especially for the local community. 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. Also check out www.draytonreservevolunteers.org.nz.