Plant nursery in new digs

The Tamahere Community Plant Nursery volunteers have overcome daunting challenges to re-establish the nursery in a new home.

After eight months wandering in the wilderness, its thousands of plants housed at six private sites around the district, the nursery is once again operational in its own premises.

The nursery was evicted from its old home beside the Tamahere Community Centre last April after it failed to fit in with plans for the new sport and recreation grounds.

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Big challenges for homeless nursery

The Waikato District Council has heeded a community call for the Tamahere Plant Nursery to continue to be able to make the central recreation reserve its home.

But some very big challenges lie ahead for the non-profit, community facility before its future can be assured.

Eviction day for the nursery is a very near April 13.

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Giants talk on gullies

The annual gully restoration seminar series begins this week with talks by giants in the field including Waikato University Professor Bruce Clarkson and hands-on gully expert Peter Morris.

Clarkson, recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost authorities on ecological restoration, will set the scene for a week of seminars, including in Tamahere, at Waikato University on Thursday, August 13.

At the same evening session, renowned plantsman Morris, who has restored a Matangi gully over 30 years, will tackle some of the issues that arise in restoration projects: money, plant biodiversity and slips.

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Plants hot, must pot

Plants from the Tamahere Community Nursery have been in hot demand so the pressure is on volunteers to build up stocks.

“The demand for plants this year has been amazing and there is now only a limited supply of plants left for planting this year,” said the nursery’s Jan Simmons.

The monthly working session at the Devine Rd nursery this Sunday, August 3, at 1.30 pm, will focus on potting on seedlings for next year’s stock of plants for gully restoration.

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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.

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