Workday reminder, October 21 2017
Travis monthly workday, Saturday October 21 2017, 9 am – noon.
Meet at the education center (the old farm house) behind the Beach Rd car park at 9 am.
Bring your own gumboots but don’t worry if you don’t have any we can loan you some.
All gear provided.
There will be “morning tea” afterwards for those that want to stay for a chat.
The Travis Wetland Trust AGM will be held on October 24 2017 at the education center, Beach Rd entrance, Travis Wetland.
Meeting starts at 7 pm.
Following the AGM there will be a brief break for supper and then a panel of trustees will address the past and future of Travis Wetland. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
The Trust board is currently developing a plan for the next 10 years at the wetland, which prompted a lot of ideas and discussion on how far we have come over the Trust’s 25 year life and what do we want to achieve over the next 10 years.
Please come along and have some input to the future of Travis Wetland.
Trees For Canterbury Planting Day, September 16 2017
An early morning rain shower did not deter large numbers turning up to help with our major planting event for the year. An estimated 1750 trees were planted by 160 very enthusiastic volunteers.
We are very grateful to Trees for Canterbury for
supplying plants as in previous years and a special mention goes to the Environment Group at Shirley Boys High School. They grew over 300 plants from eco-sourced seeds from the wetland and we were very pleased to see these planted out.
We were planting in a previously grassed area known as the Ram Paddock, to the north-east of the main car park. This area included a swampy watercourse and surrounding higher land with a variety of soil types. Hard fill and old asphalt were encountered by a few unlucky volunteers as they dug their holes.
Robin from Trees for Canterbury kindly gave planting demonstrations to newcomers and soon the site was abuzz with activity. All age groups were represented from toddlers to grandparents and it was great to see so much inter-generational support and learning. Many volunteers had come thanks to publicity from Trees for Canterbury and we enjoyed meeting some new people.
A large church group brought their own music source and worked tirelessly to get the job done.
Volunteers worked so well that we had time to put up combi-guards for protection around the new plants as well.
The species we planted included Totara, Kahikatea, Coprosma, Cabbage Tree, Pittosporum. These should provide a good balance of habitat and food for a variety of other species in this newly developed spot.
Our day concluded with a barbeque and the chance for a chat. Many thanks to all those who helped.
Article: Sue Britain, Images: Dave Evans, Kenny Rose