Late last year, a group of second year Graphic Arts students from Unitec came out to CUE Haven as part of a project to develop visual communication using words and text to enhance the experiences of visitors to CUE Haven.
The students came up with so many wonderful ideas that although the designs were for their class assessment, we wanted to have some of the signs made and installed on the property.
One of the most unique concepts was designed by Paige Keene who developed several signs around inspirational ideas based on the name, CUE Haven. CUE stands for “Cultivating Understanding and Enlightenment” and Paige came up with the idea of a little “CUE Birdie” who would guide visitors as they explore the property.
The letters “C,” “U,” “E” form the eye, wing and tail of the bird and in Paige’s concept plan the bird would appear on signs throughout the property to “guide visitors as a messenger communicating philosophical and inspirational ideas.”
Thanks to a grant from Unitec, one of Paige’s signs was made up by Capitol Sign Services Ltd., and the sign is both beautiful and inspiring.
Today we installed the sign at a point on the walking track where visitors will see it clearly and by a bench where they can sit down and relax and think about the message on the sign. Paige came out with her father Steve and friend Leon who helped with the installation.
We took the sign and equipment down to the site and selected what we thought was an ideal spot for the sign.
Unfortunately, after just a couple of centimetres of soft soil, the ground was rock hard. In fact, it was rock!
So we brought in reinforcements in the form of the post hole borer.
Even the augur wouldn’t put a significant dent in the hard impacted clay, so we decided to move over to the other side of the track.
Conditions were a little better but we still needed the augur to dig a hole of the necessary size.
Once the hole was dug it was a relatively simple job to cement the post in place.
And Leon did an adventurous trip to the stream nearby to get more water!
The sign is installed in a perfect location and looks great.
Coincidently, Paige’s sign is by a bench which was made and installed earlier this year by a couple of students participating in the Gateway program at Westlake Girls High School. We found out today that Paige is an alumnus of Westlake Girls High School!
We want to thank Unitec for their support of the CUE Haven project and for allowing their very talented students to get involved and make such a valuable contribution.
And we want to thank the nice people at Capitol Sign Services Ltd., who have been extremely helpful and supporting in getting the signs made up.
A special thank you to Steve and Leon for their very hard work to get the sign installed today.
And most of all we want to thank Paige for her beautiful sign. It is a wonderful addition to the CUE Haven landscape and will inspire visitors for years to come. Paige graduates from the Unitec School of Design this November and we wish her much success in her future endeavours with Pudge Designs and hope we can use more of her work. Thanks!
Kiwi are New Zealand’s national bird and being flightless, are seriously endangered by introduced predators. Only five percent of kiwi chicks born in the wild survive because of predators and ninety-five percent of those killed are killed by either dogs or cats.
In 2013 and 2014, our neighbours, Gill & Kevin Adshead released nearly forty Northland Brown kiwi on their property – Mataia. These kiwi releases mean that there are kiwi by the Kaipara Harbour for the first time in over fifty years. There is an extensive predator control program at Mataia and also a no dogs policy.
Gill and Kevin are keen conservationists and want to see kiwi flourish in our local area. They therefore took the initiative to organise a kiwi aversion training program for the dogs in our neighbourhood. Because dogs are not permitted at Mataia, we gladly agreed to host the training at CUE Haven.
Aversion training involves making dogs want to avoid any kiwi that they encounter. Today’s program was sponsored by the Department of Conservation and run by kiwi ranger, Pete Graham.
Gill and Kevin had contacted a number of neighbours with dogs and invited them to the training and Pete also invited some people who had contacted the Department of Conservation requesting aversion training for their dogs.
Today seventeen dogs came along for training.
Jack and Sky—Huntaway/Eyedog X
Rex, Mika – German Shepherd Pointer
Murphy, Maddie, Meg and Lucy–Border Collies
Gabby, Rosie –German Shepherd Rue–Border Collie/Labrador X
Jet–American Bulldog/Greyhound X
Star–Australian Cattle Dog X
Aversion training is widespread throughout New Zealand. In order to get a hunting license to hunt deer, pigs or goats in certain locations, the hunter must be able to demonstrate that his dogs are trained. Further, many land and forest owners require kiwi aversion training before a dog is allowed onto their property when hiking or exercising.
The training is highly effective but depends on the owner and how well the dog is trained. Pete stressed that the training was not a replacement for good animal control. The ideal approach is to subject a dog to initial training and then give the dog a follow up test in six months. Thereafter, the dog should be retested on an annual basis to ensure continuing effectiveness.
Most of the dogs were being trained for the first time but three of the dogs were having follow up tests.
There are different methods of aversion training and today Pete was using the electric collar method. On arriving, Pete selected a spot on the property where the dogs could be released into a contained area to ensure that their movements could be controlled. From the chilly bin, Pete took out two dead kiwi carcasses and placed them at each end of the run.
The training was carried out by putting a collar on the dog. Pete had a remote control with which he could give the dog a harmless, mild electric shock.
Before Pete puts the collar on, the dog is allowed to sniff it and become comfortable with it.
The collar is then attached.
The dog is released or led through the run and allowed to explore.
When the dog encounters the kiwi carcass and shows interest in it, the dog gets a mild shock. The result is that the dog associates the sight and smell of kiwi with the unpleasant experience.
The results are amazing. Most of the dogs that were being tested were still highly kiwi averse. In fact one dog even recognised Pete’s distinctive vehicle and refused to go near it. Those dogs gave the dead kiwis a wide berth as they went through the run and there was no need to give them a shock.
Dogs who were being trained for the first time weren’t so lucky. As soon as they showed any interest they got a mild shock. For most of them, that was sufficient and they avoided the second kiwi.
Sky went right up to the first kiwi.
And after getting a shock didn’t want to come back into the run.
Maddie approached the first kiwi:
And got an unpleasant shock.
And wasn’t sure if she wanted to get any closer to the second kiwi.
And it was the same for Blue and Star who didn’t want to have anything to do with the second kiwi.
A couple of dogs had to go through the run a second time but eventually each dog was able to ignore both the kiwi, showing that the training had been effective.
But it wasn’t all work for the dogs. Rex got a chance to make friends with the neighbour’s cow:
And Maddie and Meg because of their heavy coats got to play in the water trough to get them wet so the collar would be more effective.
Pete kept detailed records on each dog.
Several of the dogs had been microchipped for identification and Pete had a scanner to capture their details.
As each dog finished the training, Pete presented the owner with a certificate which can be used as evidence of successful training.
It was a wonderful day and was a great opportunity for us to meet a lot of wonderful people we hadn’t met before.
Andrea, Andy, Barry, Ben, Bob, Colin, Matt, Mike, Nikki, Shane, Tamara and Terry – thank you all for bringing your dogs along for training today. It was great meeting all of you and we also enjoyed meeting your nice dogs whose behaviour is a positive reflection on the efforts you have made to train them.
Gill and Kevin – our many thanks for taking the initiative and arranging for the training today. Your passion for conservation is a real inspiration to us.
And a very big thank you to Pete Graham for giving up a Sunday and coming out to conduct the training. Pete, it was a pleasure to watch you interact with the dogs and their owners and we also appreciate you sharing with us some of your wealth of knowledge about kiwis and how to protect them.
Thanks again everyone for your participation – we looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
And we look forward to the day when kiwi will be roaming freely at CUE Haven too!
Every year since 2010, Mel Galbraith, senior lecturer in ecology at Unitec has brought out a group of final year ecology students to CUE Haven so that they can experience a restoration project in process. And since 2013, the field trip has included a visit to our neighbours at the Mataia Restoration Project so that the students can experience a slightly more mature project and also learn about the Northland brown kiwi released there in 2013 and 2014.
Accompanying Mel today were his colleagues Dan Blanchon and Angela Dale, who have come out to CUE Haven in prior years and their students Andrew, Dyllan, Julia, Julie, Meihana, Nicola, Olivia, Shanti and Vijay.
We also had the pleasure today of having a team from North Tec in Whangarei join us. Ecology tutor Ben Barr brought along his students Ashlee, Bevan, Nina and Tyler who are in their final year of a degree in Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).
Our neighbours Gill and Kevin Adshead from Mataia, and the Unitec and North Tec teams arrived about 10 am and we got acquainted over morning tea.
Mel then gave a brief welcome and described the objectives for the day.
And we then gave a brief overview of the history the CUE Haven restoration project and discussed some of our priorities, challenges and plans for the future.
Before heading out to tour the property we asked the group to disinfect their shoes and boots as we continue to be concerned about kauri dieback disease,
We then drove the group up to the top of the property and walked down via the gully walking track and wetlands boardwalk.
We started in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Grove and the group had a look at the artwork the DoEHA participants have been working on.
And Mel “chaired” the group!
As they walked through the bush, the students had a chance to see the different phases of the restoration project and some of our weed and pest control activities. The students had lots of good questions and we had some excellent discussions.
Dan pointed out some interesting moss.
And the students learned to differentiate between a manuka and kanuka tree.
And Ben found a stick insect living in a manuka tree.
The group finished up their tour via the wetlands boardwalk.
After the walk we all had a quick lunch and then Gill and Kevin gave a briefing about the Mataia property, the restoration project and their kiwi releases.
The group then took the short ride over to Mataia and took a walk through part of the property where the students had a chance to see the more mature revegetation work and learn about the extensive pest control efforts being done to protect the kiwi.
Gill and Kevin also explained that several of the kiwis are fitted with tracking devices. They demonstrated the telemetry devices for tracking the whereabouts of individual kiwis and gave the students a chance to try out the equipment.
We then met up at the beautiful Mataia homestead for afternoon tea and a debriefing on the day’s activities.
Despite the erratic weather we had a fantastic day with the Unitec and North Tec group. We learn a lot from these visits and are always impressed with the enthusiasm and varied interests and knowledge of the students and staff.
We want to thank Mel for his continued support and for organising the visit. And many thanks to Angela, Ben and Dan and their students for taking the time to come out and for their interest in our projects.
We wish you all the very best in your endeavours and we hope you will all come back to visit us again soon!
Our 2014 planting season finished off today with a great effort by our friends from the Green ‘S’ Force. This year they planted even more trees than their amazing accomplishment last year.
Today’s team included Aman, Bharpoor, Harinder, Jagdeep, Jagveer, Karamjeet, Karan, Lakhvinder, Meenu, Navneet, Nisha, Parminder, Prabhjot, Raj, Ranjit, Samandeep, Simar, Simerjeet, Suhas, Veerpal and Vinod. Because of work and other commitments, some people came later and some had to leave earlier.
As the group arrived, we had morning tea.
The first task was to get the plants up to the planting site and as Tom is still out of commission–
Bharpoor took charge of driving the ute and making sure the team was well supplied with plants over the course of the day.
At the planting site the team unloaded the trays and laid out the plants before going to work.
Today’s planting objective was to finish off the rather challenging area we’ve been working in this winter. The terrain varied from flat and clear to steep and weed covered but the team handled the challenges with no problems.
As always, the hard working team took their tea breaks in the field.
And shortly before lunch, Bharpoor reported the good news that he was delivering the last of the trees to be planted!
And the team finished off the last of the planting.
The group then broke for lunch.
After lunch the team went back to the field to pick up the empty pots and trays and to mark the plants with a stake so that we can find them this summer during our weed control efforts.
For the second year in a row, thanks to the efforts of the Green ‘S’ Force we have achieved our planting goal for the year. This year’s planting area was one of the most challenging on the property as the team had to cope with steep, slippery conditions and tall weeds in pasture that has been rank for several years. But there was nowhere the team was afraid to go and thanks to all their hard work they have transformed the property. Here are some views of their work.
We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to all the members of the Green ‘S’ Force for their help again this year. We really value our relationship and friendship with you all and are truly grateful for all your hard work and dedication. The trees you have planted will provide many benefits – less soil erosion, improved water quality, increase in biodiversity and a wonderful nature reserve for the community to enjoy for many, many years. THANK YOU!
The weather had been great all day but there was a brief shower as the team was finishing up and we think it’s a good omen that a beautiful rainbow appeared over the area that Green ‘S’ Force members will help us transform into native bush next year!
Today a group of twenty-six students from Murrays Bay Intermediate School in Auckland came out for a day of planting and learning. This is the fourth time sustainability teacher David Walker has brought out a group of students and it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new students as well.
Also joining us were teachers Mrs. Jung-Hee Kwan and Alison Lamb from Murrays Bay Intermediate; Shelly Hackett and Sophie Tweedle, Auckland Council’s Waicare educators and Morag Vasilaki, Auckland Council’s Environmental Sustainability educator.
The students arrived at ten and we started off with morning tea. Nestle NZ had generously supplied hot chocolate for the young students and it was much appreciated by all on a cold winter morning.
Mahrukh then gave a quick overview of the CUE Haven project for the benefit of the new students and description of the plan for the day.
Because the students would be in the field planting Tom gave an explanation of the planting process and a safety briefing.
We had previously taken up the plants and equipment to the planting site and the group made a short hike up to the site. On the way, they passed an area that Murrays Bay students had planted last year and David showed them how the plants had grown and also talked about different kinds of weeds that grow up in planting sites and how some weeds are very harmful but some can actually be beneficial for the small trees because they provide shelter from the sun and wind.
Once they got to the site, the group went to work. The students worked in teams with one person digging while the other person planted and then swapped tasks mid way through the morning.
While digging in the moist soil the students found plenty of worms!
It was perfect weather for planting everyone enjoyed being out and getting dirty.
In under an hour the students planted over 100 trees – a fantastic effort!! And when they were finished they picked up all the pots and trays and cleaned the equipment.
And then they went down to get cleaned up for lunch.
And enjoyed a stretchy dessert!
The after lunch activities were a WaiCare session with Shelley and Sophie and a sustainability session with Morag. David divided the students into two groups which would alternate doing the two activities so that everyone had a chance to do both.
Shelley and Sophie had previously collected water samples from two areas in the streams at CUE Haven and set up their presentation in the nursery. They started with a discussion about the importance of water care and how farming practices and human activity can affect water quality.
The students learnt how to test water quality and participated in testing the water samples for temperature, pH levels, dissolved oxygen and clarity. Shelly and Sophie explained why each of those factors is important to water quality and maintaining healthy waterways.
Shelley’s water sample had been collected from a sheltered pool in the mid catchment while Sophie had collected the water sample from the pond downstream, so the students had the opportunity to compare results from the different sites and discuss how the shade provided by the trees we have been planting was affecting the water quality.
The water samples collected had some vegetation, which is a habitat for pond creatures, known as macroinvertebrates, that live in them.
Shelly and Sophie showed charts describing the creatures they might see and the students used the charts and magnifying glasses to see what they could identify.
Morag had prepared a programme for the students that traced the environmental history of New Zealand from the time the first people arrived. She started with a timeline going back to 1000 AD.
Next she showed the major milestones of human habitation in New Zealand and also described the creatures that arrived along with the humans. She showed maps of how the arrival of introduced species took its toll on the plant and animal life in New Zealand.
She also talked about indigenous animals that have become extinct because of predators and had the students determine when and why those extinctions happened.
Once the students had a perspective of the impact of humans and other introduced species, Morag asked them to come up with ideas about what they can do to protect endangered native wildlife.
When both groups of students had done both activities it was time to head back to town.
We want to thank David for organising today’s visit and for his continued interest and support of the CUE Haven project. It’s always a pleasure to have Murrays Bay Intermediate students out! And thank you to Mrs. Kwan and Alison for coming along to help out.
And many thanks to Morag, Shelley and Sophie for their wonderful presentations and we’d also like to thank Auckland Council for enabling the visits of their educators and their support of our efforts to make CUE Haven a place for learning.
And most of all we’d like to thank the Murrays Bay students. Thank you very much for your efforts with the tree planting – you have made a major contribution to our planet. We really enjoyed having you out and hope you had a fun educational day. We look forward to having you back out with your family and friends so you can see how your trees are growing.
This week we had another very successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award gold residential at CUE Haven.
The team arrived on Monday and included Alana, Caitlin, Cherry, Chrissy, Emma James, Jacqueline, Kalym, Mette, Praveen, Sean, Sylvia, Tony and Zoe. Zoe was the team leader. We had two milestones with this group—it was the largest team we’ve had to date and also was the first time we’ve had DoEHA participants from the South Island.
The group got acquainted over morning tea and then we gave them an overview of the CUE Haven project and a safety briefing.
Andy Woodhouse, Co-Director of Training and Development for the DoEHA programme welcomed the participants and gave them an overview of the plan for the week.
Our friends Kevin, Dayna and Matt were also on site for all or part of the week to help out.
The group worked on a variety of tasks—tree planting, track building, artwork and carpentry. After a tour of the property and lunch, the team went to work on the first job. Throughout the week, participants moved among groups so that everyone had a chance to work on each task.
Winter is planting season and this team continued with planting out the Grove. There are still some areas where initial planting needs to be done and the group spent part of three days working on filling them in.
They planted over 400 manuka, kanuka, karamu and cabbage trees in very challenging conditions, and a special thank you to Sean, Tony and Zoe who worked extra hard planting in steep and challenging conditions.
The new trees are a great addition to the Grove and the CUE Haven forest.
Walking Track Railing
The walking track at the top entrance to the DoEHA Grove is quite steep at the start and there are several steps going down to the hut. A long term objective is to make the area around the hut an area for visitors to relax and enjoy the views so we want to make it easy for everyone to walk down. The team built a hand rail along the steepest part of the steps.
We had ordered the timber and materials and they were delivered on Monday before the team arrived.
The first task was to get all the materials up to the work site.
We drove up as far as we could but then had to carry everything down to the track by hand.
Kevin helped the team study the track and decide where to put the supporting posts for the handrail. It was necessary to clear away vegetation before the holes could be dug.
The group then took turns digging the post holes.
The post timber was cut to even lengths and each post was test fitted in the hole.
We then mixed the cement to hold the posts in place securely.
The concrete was poured around each post and a spirit level was used to make sure the posts were uniformly straight.
The cement was allowed to harden overnight and the next morning it was time to install the top railings. This involved determining the required length of each rail, cutting the post to the required height and cutting a notch in the post to hold the rail in place.
Once all the posts were cut and notched, it was time to install the railings by fitting and nailing them in place.
The handrail turned out very well and it will be used and appreciated by visitors for years to come. The team should be proud of their efforts!
Hut Landscaping and Chessboard
When CUE Haven was a farm, there was a concrete water tank in what is now the DoEHA Grove. Earlier residential teams decided to turn the water tank into a rest hut and painted it and put a roof on it. A DoEHA patron also sponsored a bench which was installed next to the hut last year.
Behind the hut there is a disused concrete water trough and the team decided that it would be nice to clean up the area around the hut and to use the trough as a platform for a chess board sculpture.
This is a view of the area in early 2013 before the hut was finished showing the layout of the hut and the trough.
The first task the team tackled was to clear the area and box off an area where visitors will be able to relax and enjoy the views.
They marked out the area and first relocated any trees that had been planted in the area.
They then levelled the area, cleared out the weeds and grass and built a small retaining wall around it.
Once the retaining wall was finished, the team filled in the area with gravel brought down from the top of the track to create a nice surface.
The end result is an amazing improvement!
While part of the team were working on the clearing and organising the area by the hut, some of the other team members were building the chess board and pieces. The plan was to make the board out of a slab of concrete and the chess pieces would be cut out of plywood, fixed in concrete bases and painted.
The first task was to build a box for the board.
And other team members cut out rings which would be the moulds for the concrete bases of the chess pieces.
They then mixed up the concrete for the board and the bases.
And poured and smoothed the concrete in the board.
Once the concrete had hardened a bit, a jig was made to imprint shading into the concrete to denote the black squares.
In the meantime, the Cherry, Dayna and Sylvia went to work designing and drawing the chess pieces.
And then the pieces were cut out with a jigsaw.
With truly impressive results!
Cherry, Sylvia and Dayna painted the pieces black and white.
Dayna suggested decorating each piece with a unique design and generously brought along her colour paints for the task.
Several other team members helped set the pieces in concrete using the rings that had previously been cut out.
And the participants discovered artistic talents they didn’t know they had!!
The team was very creative, painting native birds and other interesting scenes on the pieces.
And they didn’t always restrict their painting efforts to the chess pieces!
The next morning the paint and cement had dried. The first task was to remove the ring moulds and clean up the pieces.
And then came the interesting challenge of transporting the board and pieces from the nursery up to the DoEHA Grove. The team lifted the board and placed it in the back of the ute.
We then drove it up—very slowly. We parked the ute as close to the site as possible and carried the board down and put it in place.
And set up the pieces.
The chessboard is an amazing accomplishment and is this team’s unique contribution to the DoEHA Grove. Future teams will make storage boxes for the chess pieces and benches to sit on. And maybe play a game or two!
New Walking Track
As a result of the improvements in the area around the hut and after giving consideration for future plans for developing the Grove, the team decided that another walking track to provide easier access to the hut would be desirable. They chose a route that would come down from one of the roads that borders the Grove and the team decided to put in a series of switchbacks so that in the future, visitors who might not be able to walk up and down steps would still be able to access the grove.
It was challenging track work because the ground had not been prepared. As a result the team not only had to relocate some trees, they also had to cut through weeds and vegetation to clear the path.
The route was marked out using stakes and the team cleared the track from the hut area up to the road.
The 35 metre track will be used by visitors for many years to come and is an excellent addition to the CUE Haven infrastructure as it now gives an easier access to the DoEHA Grove and provides visitors with additional options for exploring the property.
In addition to the major projects we accomplished, the hard working team also did some maintenance work that will have long term benefits.
Back in January, a DoEHA residential group had built a chair which was temporarily installed along the walking track in a place where visitors could both take a rest and enjoy views of the Kaipara Harbour.
This week they fastened the chair in place so that it wouldn’t move and the team also built a platform around it so that visitors could easily and safely access it.
Last year a team started a mosaic of the DoEHA logo at one end of the Grove. The mosaic is largely complete and has generated a lot of interest from visitors since it was put in. The plan is to finish it off with a brick border and the team worked to clear the area around the mosaic and dig a foundation for the brickwork which will be done by a future team.
Finally, when CUE Haven was a farm, old bathtubs were used as water troughs for the stock. Several of the tubs are still around and some of the team members thought it would be interesting to do something artistic with one of them.
They brought the tub down and spent some time brainstorming.
They decided to paint it with a mural and install it as a painting/sculpture along the new walking track. Unfortunately, they didn’t get a chance to finish the work, but did clean it and paint a first coat and a future team will take over the project and get the tub installed in the Grove.
The team worked hard all week and accomplished an amazing amount of work but they also took some time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Also, during the week, the team enjoyed Nestle Iced Tea and Nescafe Menu coffees generously provided by Nestle New Zealand who also provided each team member with a water bottle for use in the field. Thanks Nestle!
We really enjoyed working with this team and were impressed by how well they got along and worked together.
A big thank you to Zoe for being an excellent team leader. Her great leadership style helped bring the team together and assisted in making this a very successful and fun week. Thanks, Zoe! We look forward to having you back to lead another DoEHA residential at CUE Haven.
And many thanks to Kevin, Dayna and Matt. Matt took half a day off work and Kevin and Dayna gave up part of their school holidays to help out most of this week. We really appreciate your time, talent and contribution and very much look forward to having you back. Thank You!
We also want to say a big thank you to Andy Woodhouse, DoEHA Co-Director of Training and Development for his enthusiasm, creative ideas and continued support. Also as Tom is still out of action due to a broken leg, Andy freed up his schedule this week and was on site each day to work with the team and provide invaluable help and guidance. Thanks Andy!
And most of all we want to thank the great team of gold award participants. They quickly came together as a team and everyone was a major contributor both to the success of the week as well as to the DoEHA Grove.
Your tree planting, track work and artistic efforts this week will be appreciated and enjoyed by the many visitors to CUE Haven for many years to come. THANK YOU!
We wish you all much happiness and success in the future. We would be thrilled to have you return to lead a DoEHA gold residential!! And do come back to CUE Haven with your family and friends to see how things are progressing and to play a game of chess. THANKS AGAIN!!
Today the Green ‘S’ Force team were back at CUE Haven in full force for a great day of planting. Twenty-six members, including several new members joined us.
The group included Aman, Ankush, Bharpoor, Guneet, Harinder, Jagdeep, Jagveer, Karan, Karamjit, Mandeep, Meenu, Narinder, Navjot, Navneet, Nitash, Paramjot, Prabhjat, Raj, Ranjit, Ritu, Samandeep, Simarjeet, Simarpreet, Suhas, Sukhwinder, and Veerpal.
Some of the team members live in the city and they arrived a little earlier than the group driving up from Manurewa, an hour farther away. So while waiting for the remainder of the team to arrive, Mahrukh took the early birds on a walk around the recently completed wetlands boardwalk.
After morning tea the team went to work. As Tom is still out of action, the first task was to load up the truck and take the plants up to the planting site.
This week the group continued working on the steep gully. This is the most difficult planting we have done so far as the ground is steep and uneven and the dead grass is very long. Nevertheless, the group coped very well and planted a huge number of trees before the end of the day.
On particularly steep sections, the team used a human chain to get the plants from the road to the planting site.
And this gives you some idea of the conditions the team had to deal with.
The hard working team took their midday tea break in the field.
And after several hours of planting, they had a late lunch.
After lunch, the team returned to the planting site and moved through the site and put a stake by each plant. This enabled them to identify any gaps in the planting and will also help us this summer when we do weed control.
The last task was to pick up all the trays and pots.
After returning they emptied the truck and cleaned the equipment.
A big thank you to Bharpoor, Ranjit and Jagdeep for keeping the team well stocked with plants.
And our heartfelt thanks to all the team members. As always, it is really wonderful having you over and we enjoy working with you. We really appreciate your enthusiasm and all your hard work. We look forward to seeing you all again for the last planting of the season.