July 2016, Round Up



PLEASE PAY YOUR $20 by direct credit to our ANZ Bank a/c 01-0234- 0104478-00 with your name and initial in the reference box.


Zealandia have again offered to propagate seeds collected locally (eco-sourced) so please bring along your seeds to the Potting Bee on Monday 1st August at 10am to 11am, or arrange for them to be dropped off to either Tony or Nicky before that date. We particularly need flax, cabbage tree, grasses, manuka, mahoe, coprosma kauri, titoki, and pohutukawa but any others are welcome.


A further planting morning is planned for Sat 13 Aug from 8 – 10am. Please come along if you can, and bring a spade and gumboots. Opposite 420 McNicol Road, by the river.


MONDAY 1st AUG, FRIDAY 12th, and SUNDAY 21st AUG, 10 am to 11 am each day. Please bring along any eco sourced seed and any bush seedlings for potting up and email at Nicky if you are thinking of coming along, have any seed or if you are keen to run a Sunday Potting Bee.


Plants can be collected for your planting projects from our nursery at times above. There are lots of grasses and kowhai as well as many other native plants ready for planting. There will be some kohekohe and taraire trees ready for planting available at the end of the month. To be eligible you must be a financial member. Subscriptions are now due so if you have not paid by internet, please remember to bring along $20 cash to renew your membership or to join for the year to June 30 2017.


Thank you to everyone came along to the AGM. This was a very interesting time, with a big thank you to Merle McKenzie for a most interesting talk about some history of the Wairoa River, including pre-European and early European settlement. The Convenor’s annual report and financial statements for the past year are posted on our website.


Clevedon School children, their parents, teachers, volunteers and Council staff did a tremendous job of planting the stream banks and approaches to the quarry. Very well done and thanks to all of you for this great service to the community and to nature! Digging holes in the hard stony ground was really hard work so getting 2000 plants in and surviving the flooding soon after is an achievement to be proud of.


Now a good time to control possums, rats, mice, stoats, etc. We have some possum bait stations available to members. Also remember to shoot those hares and rabbits before they dine out on your freshly planted plants.


Isn’t it great to see the rows of newly planted trees along the roadsides approaching the village? Not quite as complete as the avenues gracing Matamata and Cambridge yet, but given time and the good will of other landowners bordering the roads that will be achievable. And in case you thought Landcare is only into natives (species that is), far from it. Any tree (other than crack willow or privet) is better than none. Birds are equally at home in exotics and the leaf mould from deciduous varieties is great mulch.
If trees are not suitable for berms on your boundary, try flaxes, grasses, hebes, and such. All easy care, much more attractive than bare grass, and saves emissions from mowers.


With so much boggy ground in around the Clevedon lowlands it would be good to see some trees as well as grasses sedges and flaxes. Swamp or Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is deciduous turning an attractive red in early winter. Pukatea, swamp maire and kahikatea also do well in wetlands.


We have cordless drills with augers available to members for controlling invading willows and privet. Start planning your willow control program for Spring to early Summer when the sap is moving into the leaves. It’s a simple job to drill some holes about 7cm deep and 10 cm apart around the trunk of the tree and a lot safer than felling as the dead and much lighter tree remains of the tree falls harmlessly after a couple of years. Meanwhile the roots remain to stabilise the soil and replacements are able to be planted straight away and thrive in this shady sheltered situation