This Friday, 24th May, we will park our truck beside the Cambridge Town Hall, on the other side of the road from the mobile vendors.
We will have some trees from our nursery to give away to people who would like to plant them on their own land. The idea is to link in with and support the march for climate change action. We are not marching. We are acting.
This was the day schoolchildren were going to march demanding action rather than words on climate change. We decided to support them. Cambridge children, however, decided to join with their Hamilton friends, so the Tree trust was left to put on its own show. This we did, thinking we would be lucky to give away 100 trees. We gave away 232, and had a constant stream of people browsing the offerings on our truck. We even got some cash donations.
We have been too successful for our own good. Waipa District Council can not get enough staff to do the maintenance required on our plantings so we have to do it ourselves.
The Thursday group was started by Eric Todd last year, 2017. Some of the more able-bodied of us get together and spray and weed our plantings. The two big ones, Lola Silcock Park and the Meadow Walk, require a lot of maintenance as they are fairly new and their plants aren't big enough to keep weeds down, unlike our older plantings, which are fairly clean. This work supplements the Tuesday group's summer maintenance program.
We spend 2-3 hours in the field, then adjourn to a cafe to put the world to rights over morning tea.
This video was made in March 2018.
This one dates from May 2018.
The Tuesday group consists of volunteers who meet at the nursery and spend about three hours (9 - 12) doing whatever needs to be done, according to the season: potting on, planting out, weeding etc., either at the nursery or, more often, out at any of the walkways or other sites which may be under development or in need of maintenance.
Residents fronting the western boundary were sent a letter and a plan in June 2006, detailing what was proposed. Feedback was invited and assistance asked for. The documents are shown in the side menu.