Call for volunteers to work on Waikanae Stream banks

First working bee of the year.

First working bee of the year.

Community work to revegetate the banks of Waikanae Stream will begin on Sunday and volunteers are invited to get stuck in.

This will be the first working bee of the year and the intended focus is weed control.

Waikanae Stream Care Group organiser Jason Akuhata-Brown, said the hot, moist summer had provided perfect growing conditions for native plantings and weeds.

Anyone able to help clear weeds, spread mulch around plantings or collect litter is encouraged to get involved.

“The key to the success of this project is having people continuing to look after the area, especially with weeding, until native plants are big enough to shade out everything else,” Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

Community work to improve the Waikanae Stream area started with a massive rubbish clean-up in September 2011 when 30 volunteers spent two hours collecting three tonnes of rubbish, mainly plastic. Since then, volunteers have collected litter, as well as planting and weeding the banks of the stream near Grey Street bridge at regular working bees every year.

Recent plantings in Alfred Cox Park co-ordinated by council staff have greatly extended revegetation work near the stream.

Removing litter and planting the stream banks helped improve water quality by reducing rubbish and filtering run-off that gets washed into the stream.

Tools will be available and any extra wheelbarrows or rakes would be appreciated.

Light gloves and rubbish bags will be provided for litter collectors and the event will finish with a sausage sizzle.

Volunteers should meet at the Grey Street Skatepark to register and get information on the programme for the 1pm to 3pm session.

Community work to revegetate the banks of Waikanae Stream will begin on Sunday and volunteers are invited to get stuck in.

This will be the first working bee of the year and the intended focus is weed control.

Waikanae Stream Care Group organiser Jason Akuhata-Brown, said the hot, moist summer had provided perfect growing conditions for native plantings and weeds.

Anyone able to help clear weeds, spread mulch around plantings or collect litter is encouraged to get involved.

“The key to the success of this project is having people continuing to look after the area, especially with weeding, until native plants are big enough to shade out everything else,” Mr Akuhata-Brown said.

Community work to improve the Waikanae Stream area started with a massive rubbish clean-up in September 2011 when 30 volunteers spent two hours collecting three tonnes of rubbish, mainly plastic. Since then, volunteers have collected litter, as well as planting and weeding the banks of the stream near Grey Street bridge at regular working bees every year.

Recent plantings in Alfred Cox Park co-ordinated by council staff have greatly extended revegetation work near the stream.

Removing litter and planting the stream banks helped improve water quality by reducing rubbish and filtering run-off that gets washed into the stream.

Tools will be available and any extra wheelbarrows or rakes would be appreciated.

Light gloves and rubbish bags will be provided for litter collectors and the event will finish with a sausage sizzle.

Volunteers should meet at the Grey Street Skatepark to register and get information on the programme for the 1pm to 3pm session.

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