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August 22 Update

Well what a contrast from our last newsletter when it was dry and we had to postpone our planting, and we were looking for rain so as to get on with our plantings. Now of course it hasn’t stopped raining but that is at least been good for our Natives that we have planted.

Firstly, a huge thankyou to the community for your support at Duxfield reserve. Over 100 people turned out and consequently 4500 plants went in very quickly. Over the last few days, we have been checking on them and they are doing well. Also, where the trees have been felled, the natives in that area are coming back after a bit of a rough time when the trees came down. We will be planting some more into that area in the coming days to thicken it up. Anyone keen to help can contact me and we will put a day together.  This was done in conjunction with the Waikato River Authority, and we thank them for their assistance with the purchase of the trees.

We had a second large planting day down at Lichfield where we planted some 7500 trees as part of the new track to the waterfall and the swimming hole known as undies down.

Thank you to Trinity Lands farm staff and office crew forgetting stuck in and getting most of it done. The last of those plants are going in next week. This planting was funded in conjunction with Trinity lands and The Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust.

We also had several schools helping thru the Taku Wairau program. Many thanks to Tirau who helped at Duxfield reserve and Tokoroa North and Tokoroa Central who planted at the Lichfield site

I have been away for 5 weeks looking at our beautiful Fiordland national park with my family and then a trip to the UK so not much action out in the field. But behind the scenes work has carried on by Hadleigh and other members of the board getting applications for funding underway.

Hopefully we will be successful, and we can help some of you with funding some plants on your property. If you have something in mind, give me a call and I can come out and discuss the options with you. We are looking for wetlands, riparian strips, and steep country.

This week since getting back I have visiting our drystock and runoff farms because Beef and Lamb NZ are putting on a free course for Farm Environment plans. It is a one-day course from 10am till 3pm on the 13th Sep, lunch included and will cover everything you need to now and give you all the tools to complete your FEP.

They are running a second day 10am till 1pm on 18th oct on knowing your Green House Gas Numbers.

I really urge you to take up these opportunities as it’s a lot easier when you have got people to answer all your sticky Questions. Contact me if I have missed you and you would like to go.

We will have a stand at the upcoming Our World our Home Expo in Tokoroa on the 13th Sep so come and visit us and find out what we are doing and how you could help.

Also, on the 10th September from 10am -2pm Hodderville nursery are having an open day, so get along and asked the hard questions to the very knowledgeable Amelia and her crew about all things native and when and where to plant.