Volunteers to plant on Waikanae Stream

Two community plantings scheduled this week for local stream.

Two community plantings scheduled this week for local stream.

Volunteers at a planting day. File picture

TWO community plantings are planned for the Waikanae Stream this week following a delay.

Organisers, the Waikanae Stream Care Group, said plantings and rubbish clean-ups, scheduled for Wednesday and Sunday, would take place in the area damaged in a storm over Easter.

“Big old willow trees along the bank fell into the stream and some of the native plantings were damaged,” said spokesman Jason Akuhata-Brown.

“Fortunately, council staff were able to clean up the damaged trees. But there are a few gaps to be filled.

“We’re also keen to extend plantings. To help with weed control there will be some work laying weedmat and mulch.”

Anyone wishing to help can meet at the Grey Street Skate Park between 10am and noon on Wednesday, or between 1pm and 3pm Sunday.

Community plantings along the stream have been a little delayed this year due to logistical problems.

“Without the community days spent caring for this awa (stream), there has been a noticeable increase in litter along the banks. Clearing rubbish from this area was the thing that started this project back in 2011.

“The amount of littering goes down when we have people regularly involved in looking after this area and we’d like to get back to that stage again. It’s not nearly as bad as it was in 2011, but we would like to stop the rot before it gets any worse,” Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

The planting days will finish with a free sausage sizzle on the Sunday.

“Most of the plantings survived the Easter storm and some are really doing well to give us a hint of how the place will look in future.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back into the weekend work and hoping for a good big team of workers.”

TWO community plantings are planned for the Waikanae Stream this week following a delay.

Organisers, the Waikanae Stream Care Group, said plantings and rubbish clean-ups, scheduled for Wednesday and Sunday, would take place in the area damaged in a storm over Easter.

“Big old willow trees along the bank fell into the stream and some of the native plantings were damaged,” said spokesman Jason Akuhata-Brown.

“Fortunately, council staff were able to clean up the damaged trees. But there are a few gaps to be filled.

“We’re also keen to extend plantings. To help with weed control there will be some work laying weedmat and mulch.”

Anyone wishing to help can meet at the Grey Street Skate Park between 10am and noon on Wednesday, or between 1pm and 3pm Sunday.

Community plantings along the stream have been a little delayed this year due to logistical problems.

“Without the community days spent caring for this awa (stream), there has been a noticeable increase in litter along the banks. Clearing rubbish from this area was the thing that started this project back in 2011.

“The amount of littering goes down when we have people regularly involved in looking after this area and we’d like to get back to that stage again. It’s not nearly as bad as it was in 2011, but we would like to stop the rot before it gets any worse,” Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

The planting days will finish with a free sausage sizzle on the Sunday.

“Most of the plantings survived the Easter storm and some are really doing well to give us a hint of how the place will look in future.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back into the weekend work and hoping for a good big team of workers.”

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