Burglars hit nursery


Burglars stole a number of plants from the Tamahere Community Plant Nursery last week, the second time in recent weeks the voluntary project has been broken into.

Nursery organiser Jan Simmons said the burglars were rough with the plants they stole some time on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 23 and 24.

They threw the lancewood and ribbonwood plants over the nursery gate “obviously disturbing the root balls in the process judging by the amount of potting mix on the ground,” she said.

A few weeks earlier hose extensions were also stolen from the nursery, which is alongside the Tamahere Community Centre.

“It is very disappointing that someone has no compunction about stealing from a volunteer community project. We are now increasing the security at the nursery,” Simmons said.

The nursery, headquarters of Tamahere Gully Care and Ecosourced Waikato, offers low cost plants to locals.

“Fortunately, there are plenty of plants still available, although not lancewood, for anyone wanting to do a planting and who is happy to give the normal gold coin donation in return,” Simmons said.

The nursery’s next working session will be held this coming Sunday, May 5, starting at 1.30pm at the Nursery on Devine Rd. There are lots of seedlings to be potted on as well as plants to be moved into the sunshine now that summer is over.

Simmons said the group had an enjoyable field trip to a Luck-at-Last Road property at Maungatautari last month, looking at the level of regeneration happening in different sections of the bush and identifying what plants were missing. They also collected seed of pukatea, titoki, mangaeo and mahoe.

Planting guides

The Department of Conservation, in conjunction with Ecosourced Waikato and the Waikato District Council, has recently published planting guides for the stretch of the Waikato River from Tamahere to Port Waikato. These guides have relevance for gullies leading into the river so you might like to check them out at DoC’s website.

One thought on “Burglars hit nursery

  • April 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Very poor form. Maybe time to set up a security camera? (You can pick up the components fairly reasonably these days on TradeMe etc.)


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