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Dec 02 2014

Sunny Last Workday & Lunch 2014

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Our final work day for 2014 was held on a bright sunny day with a small band of dedicated helpers.
The main task of the day was to spread the recently chipped mulch from the Douglas Grove to our newly planted trees in the Travellers Trees area. The chipping of green waster has been generously funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s “Environment Enhancement Fund”, and is a great example of recycling, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which would otherwise result from burning this waster material.

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Not only that, the mulch is good compost for our new plantings and has the added bonus of suppressing weeds while the young trees get established.
We also cleared the Sampson’s Folly Track and removed a bit of debris from the main stream.

 

After the work tasks we all retired to the Douglas house hold for our annual end of year luncheon, kindly hosted by Life Members Jerry & Cherry Douglas.

 

We were fortunate to have our patron Ynys Fraser present, who at 97 years is as inspiration to us all. 2014-luncheon_03
Ynys recounted a few tales from the early days at the Springs and commended us on our beautification efforts.

We also acknowledged the recent efforts of Paul Sampson who has worked tirelessly to achieve publication of our forth coming book “Ancient Waters” - the history of Hamurana Springs.

In closing our president thanked the committee for their in-put and support in achieving so much during the year, and wished every one a happy and safe festive season, looking forward to a short break from maintenance tasks, and returning with renewed enthusiasm in February 2015.

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