Workshop sows the seed

This year’s Hamilton Gully Restoration Seminar Series concludes this Saturday with a practical workshop at the Tamahere Community Nursery.

Led by plant experts Jan Simmons and Peter Morris, the session from 10am to 1pm at the Devine Rd nursery will cover seed collection protocols, seed types and treatment as well as demonstrations of seed sowing.

There will be opportunities for participants to prick out and pot on seedlings and to test their knowledge of native plants in plant identification exercises.

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Pick, pot, look or bowl

Chances to catch up with locals and get involved in Tamahere activities are plentiful in coming days.

On Sunday, March 2, Tamahere Gully Care is offering two options – seed collecting or potting.

Opening night for indoor bowls gets underway at the Tamahere Community Centre at 7.30pm on Monday, March 3, the same time in another part of the centre that the Tamahere Community Committee has its monthly meeting.

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Gully Care does Wright

A field trip to help the Wrights Bush Restoration Group weed and plant the kahikatea stand in Marychurch Road, Matangi, is on the agenda for Tamahere Gully Care this Sunday, July 7.

A small group of kahikatea was fenced into the main stand recently and invading Jerusalem cherry needs to be removed from the area as well as the main block before plants from the Tamahere Community Nursery can be put in, says Jan Simmons of Gully Care.

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Reserve tour impresses

Tamahere locals and visitors turned out in force for a guided tour of the Tamahere Reserve, the area’s major environmental restoration project.

Led by Leo Koppens of Tamahere Gully Care, who has spearheaded the project, more than 20 people, including deputy mayor Dynes Fulton trekked through the Tauwhare Rd reserve, most for the first time, on Sunday. See the slide show of the tour.

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Chance to visit top local project

Tamahere Gully Care will host a guided tour of Tamahere’s top environmental restoration project this Sunday (November 4).

The 4.6ha Tauwhare Rd reserve has been neglected for years but among the weeds and exotic trees beside the Mangaone Stream are stands of kahikatea trees, including some that are up to 400-years-old.

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Chance to walk local gully gem

The Tamahere Gully Care group is visiting one of Tamahere’s little-known treasures this Sunday, May 6 – the restored gully that forms part of the 10ha Tamahere Eventide property.

This large gully has been progressively revegetated since 1995 by a number of keen residents and includes a network of tracks, beautiful vistas and ponds.

Currently the challenging task has been taken up most enthusiastically by former farming octogenarians, Noel and Elva Turner.

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Tui halo could widen

Waikato Regional Council staff are looking at whether lessons learned during the successful and highly popular Hamilton Halo project to protect tui can be applied to other parts of the region.

In Tamahere, tui only returned for the first time in decades three years ago but this year one Tamahere family reported the breeding success of a tui pair which fledged four chicks.

A report to the council’s regional pest management committee said an investigation would particularly look at how the Halo model could be used to enhance significant natural areas.

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Seed collection on in local bush

The Tamahere Gully Care Group is holding a a seed collection field trip led by Wayne Bennett to the Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve at Gordonton this Sunday, March 4.

This ecosourcing workshop is in conjunction with the Hamilton City Gully Seminar Series and the Tamahere Community Nursery and Gully Care Group. It will start at 1pm.

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