Nov 10 2014

Not just Gardeners

(by Cherry Douglas)

We have had a very successful working year yet again and all credit to those that always turn up, rain or shine.camaraderie

In place of burning our branch clearings we have so far chipped a huge pile and this has all been spread around the travellers trees area,and on the banks adjacent to this area.
In August another 700 plants were put in the ground by a small but dedicated group, and special thanks go to those that came in early in the morning to get this underway.

Focus at the moment is to clear up a lot of debris caused by high winds and either move this to a chipping pile, or leave to mulch.

The Society has also been very much involved in the Koaro restoration project at the weir in conjunction with Dept of Conservation , BOP Regional Council and Ngati Rangiwewehi – so we are not just “gardeners”. Come along and join in with us, it is a great way to meet new people, have some fun, work for 3 hours and then have a shared lunch and a bit of cameraderie.
Usually we have lunch on site, but as 29th November is our last working day for the year we will have a special lunch at a members house.

So Sat 29th November 9.00 am meet, at the carpark, bring some gardening tools, gloves, etc.

If in doubt of the weather or you have any questions please contact Kerry Oates 3322 975, Lorraine Parker 3493 443, Cherry Douglas 3322474

Oct 31 2014

This Saturday.. workday again

Saturday November 1st  is our next workday.

Continuation of picking up branches and transferring to the chipping pile. Tree to be removed that is down towards the dancing sands – chainsaw required.
Weed spraying ONLY IF there is no wind to avoid any drift. I will have the spray with me.

Usual 9am meet at the carpark, H & S chat, Ed has volunteered !!! and will be leading the charge on Saturday, we may not have the carts this time, so wheelbarrow, loppers, gloves, etc should be the tools of the day, or utes depending on accessability.

Bring your own lunch and a drink and we will have on site depending on what the day is like.

Contact, in the first instance if in doubt of the weather, will be to me Cherry 3322474

Oct 02 2014

Workday 27th September

(By Lorraine Parker)

Yet again we had another small turn out for our workday, but we achieved a huge amount. We manage to stock pile two large piles of branched by the Douglas Tables ready for the chipper.
Thankfully Jerry and Kerry brought their ride-on and trailers which made the job a lot easy and faster.  There is still a lot of wood that can be collected and piled up ready for the chipper and will look at doing some more at our next workday.
And finally a big thank you to the small band of workers who worked tirelessly!
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Sep 24 2014

New Workday this Saturday

Hello everyone – yes its that time again – this Saturday is our next workday.
We will mainly be concentrating on moving branches, wood etc to suitable sites for the chipper to come in again. This is fairly labour intensive so have a hearty breakfast before hand.

Gloves, fluid, hat, wheelbarrows, would be the order of the day. We will have quad/trailer – mower/trailer combination to help achieve this.

Start 9.00 am in the carpark, H & S pep talk, then up to the main spring area to start off. Weather permitting lunch will be in the general area that we will be working in, we will confirm during the morning. Bring your own picnic lunch,enjoy and have a catch up from the previous work day.

If in doubt about the weather on the day, ring Cherry 3322474, Lorraine 3493443
Many hands make light work – make this a fun day rather than an onerous one
Cherry Douglas

Aug 30 2014

Dedicated few planted 700 Trees

30th August – by Kerry Oates

It was a smaller turn out than we would have liked, but everyone got stuck in and planted another 700 trees around the wetter, steeper margins of the Ynys Fraser walkway today.
Planting groups will be quite busy at the Reserve over the next few weeks, as next weekend the Forest and Bird group have a planting day in Area R, followed by in-fill planting of the Living Legends Trees in Area M on 13 September.
Our dedicated few finished the mornings efforts with a cool drink and a beautiful shared pot luck lunch among the Travellers Trees.
Well done to all who attended !

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Aug 18 2014

700 trees to be planted!

scheppen-boomplantdagWe are well into our winter work and have been lucky with the weather so far.

August 30th we will be planting 700 trees
(regardless of the weather)

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planting day 2013

courtesy of The Dept of Conservation, and in agreement with Ngati Rangiwewehi, so all hands on deck would be really appreciated for this day.
Last year we planted over 1000 trees in less than 3 hours thanks to all those who turned up, and also our guys who started early to prepare the ground ready for the planters. We will be doing the same again this year. Come join us, 9.00am start, meet in the carpark for our Health & Safety talk and registration, bring gloves, spades, buckets, and your lunch and a drink.

Contact details are Lorraine Parker, 3493443 and Cherry Douglas 3322474 for any enquiries.

Jul 19 2014

Chipping Work Day Coming

Next workday at the Springs will be July 26th, by which time we should have our first chipping day. Trees R Us are hiring their chipper to us, in lieu of none being available in Rotorua of the size we require.

Usual 9.00am start day with all your gardening gear, wheelbarrows will be essential this time. General clearing tracks is ongoing.
BYO lunch on site as has been the norm, weather permitting of course.
Come and join us, talk to us, see what we do,

Jun 26 2014

Workday 28th June

(by Cherry Douglas)

Good morning everyone. Yes it’s that time again. This Sat 28th 9.00am start.
Meet in carpark for H & S talk registration.

Order of the day will be similar to last time, but this time we will also be moving the stockpile of branches etc at the head spring and making it more accessible for the chipper. Kerry has managed to hire a chipper locally and while we may not have it this Sat we need to be ready.

So wheelbarrows, rakes, loppers etc ,pruning Ynys Fraser walkway, some spraying, release weeding, track creation at Sampson Folly, depending on numbers of course. Last month we had a small band of workers, but we always achieve a huge amount regardless of numbers.

Lunch as has been the norm will be on site, depending on weather of course.

Call Kerry 3322975. Lorraine 3493443 or Cherry 3322474 if in doubt of the weather.

Jun 25 2014

AGM 2014

Our yearly AGM was held on Tuesday June 17th for the 11th time.
Most committee members have retined their seats with two standing down due to other long standing commitments, but remain working at the Springs when they can. We thank Jim & Diana for their input over the years.

Jerry and Cherry Douglas became the second Life Members in the Society, Barry and Lynn Menzies being the first nominees last year.

A new committee was elected:

Executives:
Kerry Oates   – President
Jerry Douglas – Acting President during absence of President until Nov.2014
Lorraine Parker– Vice President
Cherry Douglas – Treasurer
Sally French – Secretary

Members:
John Rainbow
Paul Sampson
Stephen Parker
Ed van den Broek
Herma Snel – Webmaster

Click HERE to read Kerry Oates’ full President’s Report 2013-2014
Some AGM photos below:

Last preperations for the meeting

Last preperations for the meeting

Social talk;-)

Social talk;-)

Jerry & Cherry Douglas were awarded life membership
for their commitment to and all their work for HSIS and the Springs:

Jerry & Cherry proudly showing their Award

Jerry & Cherry proudly showing their Award

Jun 06 2014

2014 AGM coming!

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We are at the end of another successful year of the Society. We have now been going for eleven years and therefore it is time for our AGM.

This year we will be holding it on 17th June at 7.30pm at the Lake View Bible Camp Hall Hamurana Road.
If anyone is interested in becoming a committee member we are always looking out for new faces. Point of contact should be made to Sally_french@xtra.co.nz who is our Secretary or put forward your name on the night.

Donation of a plate towards supper would be really appreciated.

Come along and join us at our monthly workdays, which is generally the last Saturday of the month – 9.30am to 12.(winter months). It is a great way to meet people and also have a bit of fun – work for as little or as long as you want. We generally partake of lunch together afterwards if the weather allows it, or we go back to a committee members nearby house. Wander out and see what we can achieve on a mornings work and stop and have a chat.

Contact – Kerry Oates 3322975, Lorraine Parker 3493443, Cherry Douglas 3322474

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