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Our first Working Bee of 2020 was blessed with a sunny day (hot hot hot) and ice creams from our friends at Nice Blocks to cool off. We weeded, released plants, weeded and weeded some more…. and those who’d rather be in the shade, did great work out in the nursery planting up the seeds of the Carex Virgata and Juncus, hopefully ready to be put in our wetland next year.

Our working bees are always on the third Sunday of the month. We start at 10 am as (although some eager beavers are usually there from 8.30 am) and keep going until 1 pm, followed by a shared lunch, which of course is optional, but with the amazing food and great company, definitely a good way to wind down, learn about the project, catch up with friends, or make new ones.

The next working bees are:

  • Sunday February 16th
  • Sunday March 15th
  • Sunday April 19th

A big “thank you” to all of you who have came along before, and a big “welcome” to new volunteers!  If you can’d do Sundays, but are interested to help out during the week with schools or groups, just contact me.

There is no public transport unfortunately but ample parking spots, and the opportunity to go to the beach afterwards. Let us know if you’ve got any questions, otherwise just turn up at 111 Bethells Road, with suitable gear (sunscreen and/or rain coats) and sturdy, CLEAN, footwear and gear. “Lickable clean” is the standard!  If it’s not 100% mud/soil free, we will provide you with brushes and trigene to get it to that point. This is important because we are kauri dieback free, and like to keep it this way.

The Summer Working Bees will focus on “Search and Rescue”: find the white sticks in the tall grass and fields of weeds, and rescue the plants we planted there by removing all the weeds which are keeping our plants from growing or photosynthesizing… If the weather is horrible, we’ll work in the nursery potting up plants (or just get soaked!). Usually there is also a group of us doing other tasks around constructing paths, helping build the barn, providing baking for the volunteers, trapping etcetera. If there is anything you specifically like to do, contact us.

Hope to see you next time! – Annalily & the trustees

PS We also host several business groups per year, as a team building exercise, educational experience or to see where their funding is going. If you think this is for you, drop me a line at matukulink@gmail.com.

All images by Annalily – let me know if you want a copy!