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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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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Stocks to pot

The last Sunday working session for the year will be held this coming Sunday, December 7 at the Tamahere Community Nursery starting at 1.30pm.

“We had an inspirational field trip in November to three gully sites in Hamilton but as a consequence lots of seedlings need to be potted on to build up plants stocks for next year,” says Jan Simmons of Tamahere Gully Care.

“This is a busy time of year with pre-Christmas functions but if you can make it to the nursery on Sunday we would love to see you there.

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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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Last plant potting of the year

The Christmas holiday season is almost here and that means it’s time to get the plants bedded down at the Tamahere plant nursery to take them through the summer period.

Recent improvements have been made to the nursery’s watering system and the shade area has been extended so plants now need moving to new locations while others require potting on so they keep growing to their full potential, ready for planting out next year.

If you have some time to spare on Sunday afternoon, December 4, go along to the Tamahere Community Nursery from 1.30pm and lend a hand. You will be most welcome. Afternoon tea provided.

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