Volunteers essential to protect green spaces in Ōrākei

Publish Date : 08 May 2019
Volunteers essential to protect green spaces in Orakei

Ōrākei Local Board is working with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand to restore several streams in the local board area. A number of community planting days are planned to weed and replant stream banks with native plants.

The first community planting day will be at Kohimarama’s Madills Farm Reserve later this month. In June, events are planned for Newmarket Stream and Waiata Reserve. Volunteers are needed to help out.

Ōrākei Local Board Chair Kit Parkinson says volunteers are central to eradicating pests, predators and weeds in the local board area.

“Our restoration projects rely heavily on the selflessness of our local volunteers who give up their time to help protect our natural areas.

“As kaitiaki of our green spaces, we work to enhance these areas for our existing communities and for generations to come. Volunteers are an essential part of this,” he said.

Dylan Steeples of Conservation Volunteers New Zealand says there are plenty of tasks for all ages and abilities.

“We welcome everyone to join us at one or all of our upcoming community planting days. Many hands make light work; so bring your family, friends or neighbours and stay for the free sausage sizzle afterwards,” he said.

Community planting day events

Saturday 25 May – Madills Farm Reserve, 10am-12noon, meet near the playground end of the reserve. Find out more at the Facebook event.

Sunday 23 June – Newmarket Stream, 10am-12 noon

Saturday 29 June – Waiata Reserve, 10am-12 noon

Contact Conservation Volunteers New Zealand for more information.

What you need to know

Bring your gumboots or closed toe shoes, appropriate clothing, your favourite spade and gardening gloves (optional). Some spades will be provided.

Children are to be accompanied and supervised by an adult. There will be no rain dates – planting will proceed rain, hail or shine.

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