Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Moving mountains of mulch

Back in late February (sorry, this post is rather delayed for one reason or another) Roland's Wood benefited hugely from the organisational skills of John Horrell and the generosity of a number of kind donors to provide and spread mulch for the plants in various parts of the Wood.  It was a godsend in the hot dry summer weather, especially for the young trees and understory plantings of clivia and renga renga lilies...

The mulch came from Mt Pokaka and Bay Lumber Waipapa as well as a number of other kind donors.  It was delivered for free by Dan Carter bulk carriers - big heaps of it were piled up in mounds up at the top back corner of the Woods. Mark Klinac donated the use of a digger and bobcat for a day to spread the mulch in strategic locations around the Wood, leaving it in smaller piles where it was then spread by the bucketload by volunteers.

John surveying the piles of bamboo mulch...

Here are the guys unloading the digger and the bobcat, and then a bit of discussion about what goes where, where to start...

I nipped out to Roland's Wood from work mid morning to take these photos on the day it was all happening, and then went back that evening after supper with friends visiting from England - it was almost dark - we saw an owl swooping from tree to tree as we walked along which was wonderful - but it was easy to see even in the half light the difference that had been made already that day - new paths, mulch spread around, and the mountains of mulch much diminished.

Many thanks from John and the Roland's Wood team for all the community support - your contributions are greatly appreciated.

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