The toilet gardens at Steep St reserve got a complete make over. We also undertook a good trim and tidy up around the reserve there. Castlecorp have been into the reserve since and planted a couple more specimen trees which will provide shade for visitors to the area in summer.
Some of you may remember reading in the Lake Okareka Newsletter last year, about Maddie and Hunter Potter, local children who made a donation of some of their hard-earned money as part of a school project, to Landcare Okareka. During the last school holidays the Potter children, along with their friend Ollie Martelli went to visit the Treeline Native Plant Nursery of Diane Coleman at Kaharoa to purchase their plants. And before school started back, they came with their dad Ian Potter one afternoon and planted those plants in the Lake Okareka Scenic reserve area near the bus stop. Many thanks Maddie and Hunter – and we hope that you enjoy being able to watch your plants and all the others in the area, continue to grow.
A very exciting happening occurred for Landcare Okareka volunteers – when the film crew of Steve Fisher and Don Anderson and interviewer Kerryanne Evans from “Country Calendar” came to film a planting working bee in the Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve in August. This was as part of a programme the “Country Calendar” team were making about Diane Coleman and Treeline Nursery. Diane won Rural Women NZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013. Diane spoke about Landcare Okareka as one of her “customers” during her presentation to the competition. She asked that LO also be included in the programme to show where some of her plants are going. LO get plants from “Treeline Nurseries” through both Rotorua District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council. We understand the programme goes to air on the 27th September on TV1 at 7.00pm.
The planting of the area above and around the sewage pump station – Lake Okareka Scenic reserve - is now completed. There will be on-going weed control to be done in the area for the next several years, and maybe the occasional new plant added.
There will be more Working Bees around Lake Okareka....so if you would like to help, watch out for the sign boards and come along. You will be most welcome.
Phone: 362 8865
Winner of Bay of Plenty Region Weedbusters Award 2012