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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TCC backs home for nursery

The near-homeless Tamahere Plant Nursery should be welcome in the new-look Tamahere recreation reserve, according to the Tamahere Community Committee.
At its February meeting the committee heard that a long search for a new home for the nursery had proved fruitless.
The community nursery, which provides low cost native plants to Tamahere residents and a number of important Waikato reserves, is on notice to leave its present Devine Rd home, which is due for demolition as part of the sports and recreation grounds development.

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Nursery aids conservation project

The Tamahere Plant Nursery has pitched in to help the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.

The trust has recently opened a visitor centre, Manu Tioriori, and the Tamahere Nursery donated native plants to beautify its entrance.

The nursery donated close to 150 plants, including koromiko, dianella, Coprosma rhamnoides and flax, Jan Simmons of Tamahere Nursery and Gully Care told Tamahere Forum.

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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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Gully group’s first dig of year

The Tamahere Gully Care group’s first session of the year in the community plant nursery this Sunday (February 6) will focus on potting seedlings and weeding.

The first gathering of local, volunteer gardeners at the Devine Road community nursery, adjacent to the community centre, follows the recent release of a report describing Tamahere’s gullies “as a rare but “acutely threatened” example of a forest and wetland environment that once covered the Waikato.”

“With World Wetlands Day on February 2, it will be a good time to look at what plants we have in the nursery that would be suitable for growing in wet places,” says Tamahere Gully Care’s Jan Simmons of Sunday’s session from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm.

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