(by Barry - Bazza)
The usual group of willing helpers presented themselves, on a glorious sunny day, for our 2nd to last workday for the year. We gathered in the paddock beside our fire site, to leave the car park free for the many visitors turning up for a “Dogathon” organised by the Rotorua Districts Multiple Sclerosis group, and by the number of groups passing through we suspect they had a successful venture.
After the usual safety talk, we split into groups to carry out our tasks for the day. Jerry had his group at the fire site, Jim had his chainsaw boys to drop some of the last troubles me trees between the two bridges.
What wonderful views upstream have been opened up with their removal, a veritable photographers delight. I’m sure the HSIS seat and table in that area will be put to good use.
Our little group headed to the Traveller’s Trees area adjacent to the head spring. During a recent fishing competition on Opening day, my good neighbor KJ was chatting with his crew, ( as you do, in your idle hours) and his fishing buddy asked if he could find a home for some Pohutukawa trees which really needed to be planted fairly quickly.
KJ new exactly where they would be appreciated, HSIS accepted his offer, and he subsequently picked up the trees on a trip to Auckland, and delivered them to the Springs ready for planting, complete with planting instructions.
The donor, a Drury Rotary Club member, asked for no recognition and requested that they be used to nurture an area in need of restoration, or enhancement, Hamurana Springs fits that nicely.!!!!
Fourteen trees were planted on the day, under the watchful eye of John R. and when you view the pictures you will realise that these were well established trees, beyond being frost prone, and individually worth a tidy sum.
Planted as instructed, with some slow release fertiliser, we must look after these during the dry summer months. Fortunately water is close by, and shouldn’t be a problem.
The group then retired to the Douglas residence for the traditional BBQ and chat, also to farewell the Kemp family, who have played an important part in the restoration of the Springs area. Off to the Wellington area to follow their dreams, we wish you well.As we approach the last Workday for the year, I think we can say quite proudly, that in terms improvements, we have come a long way this year, probably the best yet, and this from a tiny group of dedicated supporters who receive little help in terms of manpower, from anyone else.
ALL PHOTOS HERE