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Community Nursery News Article April 23

Mark held his second Kindergarten Teachers Workshop on 5 April 23 – pond dipping, light trapping and tracking tunnels were all in use for a fun nature experience.

A Weed Identification Drop in workshop was held on Saturday 25 March 23. Walter and Rachel from Environment Southland ran the drop-in session held in the Education Centre and Brian and I showed people the restoration area. There was a lot of interest with people bringing weeds to exchange for information and native plants from the Nursery!

Major focus of Volunteer Fridays for April has been seed collecting –

- labelling, cleaning and storing. Kahikatea and totara seed has been prolific – with other collecting techniques – seed nets and long handled pruners being used!

We will be open for volunteers on Friday 28 April but then closing until Friday 26 May, then staying open for June closing again for winter in July and August. During Fridays in June and July we will be concentrating on seed sowing and propagation plants from cuttings.

A reminder that the SERN Field Trip Saturday 29 April 1pm-4pm park at Bushy Point - Bryson Road entrance walk through Bushy Point to the Community Nursery. Focus for the afternoon will be on pest control, estuary birds and restoration planting – Bushy Point has had over 20 years of restoration plantings and over 17 years of intensive pest control for rats, stoats and possums attach poster. Our own place has had 30 years for restoration planting and we are still doing it so you will be able to see all stages of a planting project –see poster for details