Sunday May 29th, 2016
24 keen Piha people gathered in the paddock beyond the Art Gallery to begin work on transforming the Piha Streamside and adjacent open area into a place where locals and visitors can explore, relax or walk to Thomas Algernon Green reserve in Glen Esk Road without using the increasingly busy road.
The weather forecast was rather daunting. However, we went ahead, and completed a considerable amount of tree planting, weed-eating, and stream bank weeding before the major downpour hit. With shelter in the Hanlon Hut, we enjoyed a barbecue while the kids took great joy in making the most of the torrential rain.
The plan is to conquer the weeds around one section of the streamside this season in preparation for planting next winter. The Pohutukawa and Puriri trees that we planted in the open will provide attractive shade in the years to come. Some of the area will be tracked, while other areas will be left open for people to make their own way around the park.
This was an enjoyable occasion for all, and a great beginning for Coastcare’s newest project.