For the past two years, Kaipatiki Project has been working in partnership with Hobsonville Land Company to grow and plant native species, and assist with weed removal, in and around Hobsonville Point including the coastal walkways.
Up until Christmas 2013, staff and a regular weekly troop of local volunteers propagated and stored plants behind the Farmers Market hall, but now the nursery has been relocated to Engine Bay, halfway between the Primary School and Bomb Point.
Growing around 10,000 plants a year sounds like a tall order, but this is a real community venture with opportunities for more locals to get hands-on, enjoy the outdoors and meet new neighbours and friends. Nursery working bees are held every Wednesday morning; some people come every week and build up a routine, but anyone is welcome to come when they can. This winter there will be at least one community planting day.
To volunteer at the nursery no gardening experience is needed, duties are light and supervision is always on hand from Wayne Young, who has been looking after the nursery since the beginning of Kaipatiki Project’s involvement. Wayne has not only had the task of dealing with the big move over the summer (including a short spell when the water for the irrigation system had accidentally been turned off!), but he has helped transform the former industrial engine bay into a fully functioning plant nursery.
This has meant building a new shade-house and making sure the new 30,000 litre water tanks, purchased by Hobsonville Land Company for the project, are set up to provide all the nursery’s water as there is no mains supply. Kaipatiki Project are also looking into solar panels so that the nursery can be energy-independent as there is no mains power supply either.
Kaipatiki Project’s Manager Hamish Hopkinson comments “Our staff, volunteers and above all Wayne have made the move happen with hardly any plant losses over a very dry spell, and at a time when the whole area is being dug up to make way for new housing. We are delighted to be working with Hobsonville Land Company and local people to help transform the face of the Point – the Land Company could have easily decided to just buy in the plants, but they are taking a much more community-focussed approach that we’re very proud to be a part of”.
Anyone wishing to volunteer at the Hobsonville Point Community Plant Nursery is warmly invited to come along on a Wednesday morning (park at Bomb Point and walk a short distance to Engine Bay) or email [email protected]