An enthusiastic team of Kurunui College eco-warriors recently assisted in prepping the site of the new Kuratawhiti Riverside Park in Greytown.
The three-hectare block located at the end of Kuratawhiti St is currently controlled by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), but the work is being coordinated by Friends of the Waiohine (FOTW); a local community group helping to improve the banks along the Waiohine river.
Preparation was done by a GWRC contractor who mulched the existing scrub and blackberry and also pre-dug holes for the planting. Members of the college’s Enviro Club and students from Level 1 Agriculture and Horticulture took time out on a Friday afternoon to prepare holes for a planting day to be held the following Sunday.
“The students were asked and were very keen to help. We loaded up the van with shovels and spades and students and spent a good 45 minutes on ground preparation, they worked well preparing about 10 -15 holes each,” explained AgHort Teacher Cheryl Iro. “The Friends were very pleased to have this work done before the Sunday and were impressed with the students diligence.
“We are delighted to be involved with our community and hope that we will be included again,” added Iro.
Some of the students joined other community volunteers planting hundreds of native trees close to the Wireshed. To date, over 500 trees have been planted within the area designated for the park.
“This was done in high spirits by a diverse group, aged from 4 to 80-plus years!,” explained FOTW’s Interim Chair Ron Sharpe. “It was heartening to see college and primary students, as well as Mums and Dads with their toddlers, who wanted their children to see the start of this multi-generational venture.”
The community will be given the opportunity to voice their aspirations for the new park at a public meeting, planned for late September.