Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 25, 31 March 2018

Next Working Bees

Saturday 31st March, 2pm (an extra "catch-up" bee in the Valley Floor ecosystem, for anyone not going away for Easter). Sunday 15th April, 2pm and Saturday 28th April 2pm. Meet at the (upper) Waterfall Lookout for all working bees. We will weed and mulch existing seedlings and clear and plant new seedlings.

Working Bees for May will be Sunday 13th and Saturday 26th (2-4pm).

Recent Work

We had two normal working bees this month, with 2!! of us on 11th and 10 (including 3 Mt Pleasant pupils) on the 24th. There was also a special working bee on the 18th with 12 staff from the local James St Pre- School (happy workers pictured below), great work thanks team and welcome to our local native forest! (I’ve been helping them and the children with some nature studies lately and this was a brilliant gesture in return). We planted the first seedlings for the year with the James St group and the soil moisture levels were good. Further rain since then has made it safe to do even more planting.

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James St Pre-School staff at their special working bee.


The tracks should have been cut in February and are now a month overdue so be careful not to trip and be prepared to get wet footware from dew or rain on the grass. Also we have had no response regarding our concerns about seedlings cut near the firebreaks. We hope to get action on these matters very soon.


Also expected soon from Council are most of the seedlings we will plant this year. In the meantime we have a small quantity of eco-sourced seedlings which have been funded by private donations (donations can be made to Trees For Canterbury and they will supply us with the equivalent in eco-sourced seedlings). We will also be transplanting some existing seedlings within the Reserve (which would otherwise not survive).

Green Corridors Palmerston North

We had a visit from Russell Poole of this project, which has many similarities to our Drayton Reserve. I showed him around the Reserve pointing out the progress we have made. You can see their project at www.facebook.com/greencorridorsPN/.  If you are planning to be up that way, you may like to contact him.

Nature Space

This is a website to enable nation-wide networking of any community group undertaking ecological restoration. There are a few Christchurch groups registered including Travis Wetland Trust, Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, Friends of Ernle Clark Reserve, Summit Road Society, Opawaho Heathcote River Network and Cashmere Stream Care Group. I have registered us as well. Visit www.naturespace.org.nz.


The tally of Animal Pests eliminated in March was 2 possums, 1 rabbit, 3 rats and 6 mice. This is still generally lower than the same time last year...a promising trend. Plant pests are still a concern however with lots of fennel, saltbush, blackberry, broom, giant hogweed (wild parsnip), succulents and gorse in flower or seed. Please at least try to cut off flower heads if you are out walking, to reduce further seeding.

Bird Count

Our next 6 monthly count will be Friday 20th April. Meet below Craigieburn Lane entrance at 9am.


We now have 130 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.