Community Planting Days
Community Waikatere has held many fantastic Community Planting Days along Henderson Creek since 2005, always with games, BBQs, and laughter. In 2011, with most public areas of Henderson Creek planted up, a large section of streambank that is part of Henderson Squash Club was chosen for restoration, and has been the site of our annual Community Planting Days since then. These planting days are a result of successful collaboration between Project Twin Streams and the Henderson Squash Club. From the club’s perspective the restoration work has really transformed the area to be more beautiful and enjoyable.
In 2013, the Community Planting Day put over 450 plants into the ground with love and care but also at fantastic speed. The BBQ, organised by the Squash Club, had just enough time to warm up to feed the hungry masses. Many of the plants were manuka and kanuka, to create a quick native forest canopy at the site. About 50 people in total helped out on the day, including a large group from Art of Living- Auckland Branch, and they all deserve a large thank you for their work! The event brought together people from many walks of life, all involved with Project Twin Streams in different ways. The day was great fun with free squash after the planting, a great competition among participants to win the lucky spade prize – a copy of our film ‘Up the Creek’ and the stream fairy, Chelsea, made sure the everyone had tasty treats to keep up the hard planting work.