Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 10, 31 December 2016

DRAYTON RESERVE VOLUNTEERS Report #10 31st December 2016


Meet at the waterfall lookout at 2pm Saturday 28th January. Hopefully you will be well rested from your holidays because we have many dead pruned branches along the main track to drag out and cut up for mulching. Seedlings will also need watering.

Wear suitable clothes, footware and sunhat, and bring your own tools if you prefer

If weather is bad the event will be postponed till 4th February 2017

Refreshments will be provided! Bring your water bottle and a cup for tea.


This was our day-off on 17th December, when Colin Meurk, well known ecologist, treated 17 participants to a plant and wildlife tour in the Reserve. As expected there were lots of plants we hadn’t realised were natives and now we have a much better understanding and enjoyment of the Reserve and its ecosystems and species. Many thanks to Colin for giving his time and sharing his knowledge with us. You can see some photos of ferns we found below.


We share your disappointment with the Council contractors not cutting the long grass along the tracks properly since October. This significantly detracts from the enjoyment of the Reserve and we are pursuing the matter with our Council Officer, Bridie. In addition, in cutting some of the required firebreaks around the Reserve boundaries, contractors have destroyed many seedlings which we planted earlier in the year and this is also being pursed with Bridie.


In contrast to the contractor’s efforts, some mystery person(s) has heavily pruned trees along both sides of the main track. We must point out that our Volunteers have not done this and any such activity in a Reserve is not allowed without approval of the Council. We now have to suspend our own approved programme to clean up the resulting mess.


Thanks to all those people who have “adopted trees” and been regularly watering them. We will need to keep this up on the new seedlings until March, watering at 1-2 week intervals to keep soil moist down in their rooting zone. We hope that other people walking in the Reserve will “adopt a tree” (or several trees!) and water it/them from their drink bottles as they pass. Tie your own cotton tag on it/them to let others know it/those are being taken care of. The trees and all of us will appreciate it!


We have now taken panorama photos at about 100m intervals along the tracks in the Reserve which we will repeat every year to give us an historical record of tree growth and weed decline.


We only got one rat in December so we are trying peanut butter as bait for a while. We will soon be contacting the neighbours who have expressed interest in trapping so we can extend the “net”. We are still waiting for trap warning signs from Council but still have the temporary signs in the meantime.


Below are some of the ferns which can be seen in the Reserve. These photos were taken by Daniel Cox on our Reserve Ramble.

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We have over 70 supporters on our email list now and look forward to having more volunteers join us for a chat and helping hand on our future working bees. Like us, you will find it very satisfying planting and caring for native trees and wildlife and restoring the Reserve to its former glory for conservation, passive recreation and educational purposes, 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.