Trelissick Park Group update to Mid June

Hi everyone. The Trelissick Park Group have really got into our Enhancing the Halo spirit. Not only are they a bunch of Halo Heroes, but they update us all on their fantastic environmental work. If you too want to sing your groups praises, just email me and I will share on the website.

Ok, here’s Trelissick’s update…. fabulous stuff.

St Benedict’s School, with teacher Fiona Barnett and some parents, came to plant by the Northern Walkway bridge and in the forested slopes below Hanover St. on 23 May.  Next day, web developers Springload had a morning off, because they were moving office, so a team of 6 helped us unload and stash our annual allocation of 500 plants from WCC’s Berhampore Nursery.  They then helped weed, plant and mulch a 50 m2 roadside spot opposite No9 Trelissick Cres.  Over 80 plants went in there.  See our Facebook page for photos of both days.

Crofton Downs School teacher Louise Gusterson has taken a large group of 8 – 10 year-olds in stages all the way down the Kaiwharawhara catchment from Zealandia, through Otari-Wilton’s Bush and finally, on 27 May, through Trelissick Park to the lower entrance.  This was to study the effects of an urban environment on the landscape, bush and streams.  Trelissick Park, of course, is long-suffering: interferences from farming, sawmilling, road/railway/sewer construction/upgrades, slips, rubbish, weeds, stormwater damage, flooding, pollution, sedimentation………all outlined on a preparatory visit on Saturday 25 May.  Geography lessons were never like that!

Early June – The planting total for the year exceeds 900, thanks to working bees and by volunteers later on – more to follow.  We have finished enhancing the area around the Waikowhai St entrance, planting the small steep slope by the 3rd “zig” on the track below the Trelissick Cres grass slope and the area around/opposite the powder magazine building ruin, as well as planting and mulching of grasses beside the track down from Wightwick’s Field.  Infill planting the forested slopes below Hanover St continues.  With the arrival of over 1m3 of potting mix from WCC landfill, home nursery work has resumed.

Kaiwharawhara Stream Debris Trap Upgrade – At a site meeting on 11 June between WCC, GWRC, Capacity, DOC and ourselves, it was decided to lower the rocks in 2 stages over the next few months to allow fish passage.

No rats, stoats or hedgehogs have been caught in our 14 traps since early April.  But they are not hibernating, as evidenced by the bait station take and night video monitoring.