Season for seeds, bowls

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Tamahere Gully Care’s annual seed collection field trip is on this Sunday, March 6.

Totara fruit (Photo: DoC)

The group welcomes people on the trip and to help with propagating and raising plants in coming weeks at its community native plant nursery adjacent to the Tamahere Community Centre.

Also, coming up on Monday, March 7 is the opening night of the Tamahere Indoor Bowling Club.

Field trip

The gully care group will again be collecting seed from the Pukemokemoke Bush at Gordonton under the guidance of native plant specialist Wayne Bennett of Forest Flora. Last year the bush yielded seed from a variety of species, including totara, matai and kaikomako.

To join the collecting effort, go to the car park at Pukemokemoke Bush, Whitikahu Road, at 1pm on Sunday, March 6. To get there drive north on Highway 9 through Gordonton, turn right on the Whitikahu Road towards Tauhei and after 10km you will see a hill and quarry on the left. (Click for more on Pukemokemoke.)

Jan Simmons of Gully Care advises that there is a very nice gazebo a short distance along the track from the car park so seed collectors might like to arrive earlier and enjoy a picnic lunch in the picturesque setting.

People should allow three hours for the seed collecting although they are welcome to leave whenever it suits. Take some plastic bags or containers for collecting seed and wear suitable footwear.

At the following month’s gully care day, on Sunday, April 3, Wayne Bennett will run a session on seed treatment and sowing at the Tamahere Community Nursery.

Indoor bowls

The Tamahere Indoor Bowling Club opening night will be on Monday, March 7 at 7.20 pm.

The club will continue to meet every Monday night through to October in the Tamahere Community Centre.

New members are welcome. No equipment is needed and coaching is provided. For further information phone the secretary, Jan Simmons on 856 8995.

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