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Forest & Bird Warkworth Branch—15 October 2017

October 16, 2017

Today we were delighted to have our friends from the Warkworth branch of  the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society  back at CUE Haven helping us pot up seedlings.

Although our pioneer planting is complete, we will continue to plant long lived forest giants amongst the pioneer trees for the next few years.  We acquire tiny seedlings and transplant them into larger pots and nurture them in the CUE Haven nursery for a year or two before planting them in the field.

The energetic group of Joy, Patte, Roger, Rosemary and Russell arrived around ten. We had morning tea and updated the group on the activities at CUE Haven since their last visit.

Today we potted up kahikatea, kauri, kohekohe, puriri, tanekaha and totara seedlings.

The group was so efficient that Thomas had trouble keeping up supplying them seedlings and carrying away the finished pots.

In just a couple of hours the hard working group potted 450 seedlings. And they cleaned up the nursery as well!

It was a fantastic effort and we really appreciate the hard work. The trees will mature in the nursery and some will be ready for planting next winter.

After a relaxing lunch Judy, Patte and Roger joined Thomas for a leisurely walk around the property.

This is the third year we’ve had the Forest & Bird Warkworth group out to assist and as always we had a great time with them.  Not only did they plant up all the canopy seedlings but they had a lot of good, practical information on weed and pest management as well as best practices for planting and management.  Plus, we had a good time socializing with them!

We want to thank Raewyn and Rosemary for their help with organising the visit today.

A big thank you to Daltons Landscape Supplies for donating the potting mix used today and also Nestle NZ for donating the delicious Nescafe Menu sachets for our volunteers.

And we’d especially like to thank the Mazda Foundation.  Their generous grant helped to pay for the seedlings that we potted up today.

And most of all a huge thank you to Joy, Patte, Roger, Rosemary and Russell for giving up your Sunday morning to come help us. We really appreciate your continued support and all your hard work and efforts.  We hope you enjoyed your visit and we very much look forward to seeing you back at CUE Haven soon.


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