FINAL UPDATE: The forecast for 18 Oct is "cloudy with occasional rain". We plan to go ahead with the working bee if it is just the occasional shower (like today 17 Oct) but not if it develops into something more persistent.
Chris, Alison and Gillian will definitely be at the Badminton car park in Richmond by 8:45 am and at the working bee site around 9:00 am. Best not to take cars across the river (over the ford) in case river levels rise during the morning.
Fingers crossed it turns out well for us!
The Nelson Tasman Climate Change Forum is organising a working bee on the Wai-iti River along with members of Forest & Bird and the Tasman Environmental Trust
Car pooling: leaving at 8.45am from the RIchmond Badminton Association Hall, Gladstone Rd,
What to bring: gloves; secateurs, pruning saw, loppers, grubbers .... and if you own a Vigilant weed paste tube, that would also be appreciated. We will have some on site. Also remember your sunhat, strong footwear, parka and own drink and snack!
Note: if anyone still has paste bottles from the previous working bee, please bring them along on the 18th, or drop them off at 4 Sutton St, Richmond (Alison Pickford).
We have been informed by the landowners that the gate giving direct access to the working bee area will be shut on Sunday 18th October, so we will need to park cars close to the ford and walk by the river to reach the work area. No major rain is forecast, so the ford should be no problem for vehicles or legs, but gumboots are advised, just in case.
Meet at the working bee location by the ford at Barton Lane around 9 am, or at the Badminton Hall car park, Gladstone Rd, in Richmond by 8:45am for those who would like a lift.