Here’s a wrap on activities that enhanced the Sumner environment over this past winter… follow the link here.
Site prep done … come on down for the Planting Day Saturday August 27!
We’ve had two recent working bees to keep weeds under control in the back-dune areas while coastal forest plantings are getting established. Lookout for more work bee dates coming up – many hands make light work! These are especially important now that there’s plenty of moisture around and lupin seedlings are sprouting up. These won’t be a problem in the long run once the natives are established but for now they need to be kept in check before they get too big! Lupins grow much faster than the natives and can easily take over – but are easy to pull out when they’re small.
Thanks to the team who have been on the case so far … drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get news of the next working bees or keep an eye on the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/sumnerenvironment
Checkout this pic of the newly restored area thanks to last winter’s big plantout effort. Spinifex is taking off!
SUMNER DUNES WORKING BEE
As part of Conservation Week we are having our annual working bee at Sumner Dunes in preparation for the summer. Come and be a part of this great community event to keep our coast healthy and happy!
When: Saturday 7th November at 11am – 1pm
Where: Sumner dunes – meet on the beach outside the Surf Club
What: Mulching all the new plants which have been growing well over the winter. This mainly involves lots of buckets and a few wheelbarrows to move mulch from a central spot.
Bring: The CCC guys will have most of the gear we need but if you have a spare bucket bring it down. The mulch will be coming by trailer and we just have to shift it from there 🙂
Many hands make light work so see you there.
PS .. there’s some mention of free icecreams!
Our December monitoring round confirmed the dunes are in good condition. Overall the previously restored areas are looking good and are currently going through their annual flush of spring grass growth. Previous monitoring has shown that this dies off later in summer and so is seldom a concern for the success of new plantings. However we’ll be targeting the more invasive weeds in the next couple of working bees to make sure the natives have a good chance of getting established before the dry months of summer kick in.
After 2 working bees the new restoration area is now fully planted out with Spinifex and Pingao in the foredune area, and a variety of native shrubs among the lupins. CCC will soon finish the post and rope barrier to complete work in this area for the time being. Over time the lupins in the back dune area will be gradually removed once the natives become established. Work will start on the next restoration area early in 2014 in preparation for more fore-dune planting during the winter months.
Our Spring Beach clean-up scored a great day with around 20 people lending a hand to remove rubbish from Sumner Beach as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week. The BBQ was excellent too! Look out for another beach clean-up happening later this summer.