We are excited to share the fantastic success of the annual Lake Dunstan Clean-Up event, which once again showed just how powerful our community can be when we come together. On September 16th, 138 residents and local community group members rolled up their sleeves to restore the beauty of the shoreline, covering Richards Beach to McNulty Inlet.
Big thanks go out to those who made this event happen: Te Tapu o Tane for their great coordination, CODC for providing access to the transfer station, and Hirepool for generously lending us tools. We also want to give a shoutout to Lions, Ladies Lions, Old Cromwell Inc, Rotary, U14 Rugby, Scouts, Mohiki Reforestation Trust, Rowing, and Cromwell Primary for their active involvement. Your collective efforts showcased our tight-knit community.
This event is proof of what we can achieve when we all work towards a common goal. As we move forward, let's continue to work together to protect the natural beauty of Lake Dunstan and celebrate the unity that makes our community so special.
As part of our ambitions to improve local biodiversity around Lake Dunstan and provide educational and community-led projects, we are looking to install a pest trapline along 5km of the lake’s shoreline for the trust and volunteers to monitor. In March, we applied to the ORC ECO Fund for funds to purchase traps to target rodents, mustelids and possums plus bait, equipment and maintenance.
We still can't believe the transformation of this area! 8 months ago it was rabbit and exotic weed infested and had little to offer to people and wildlife.
Now it's covered in thousands of tussock, ribbonwood, Kohuhu, kōwhai, kānuka, Mānuka, harakeke, and flowering koromiko that have exploded out of their plant guards and taken to the site with incredible success. Some are already flowering and providing food for our wildlife, and it won't be long until the rest do too!
Thank you to Te Tapu o Tāne - Growing Trees & Communities for all their efforts to get this project to this point and for their ongoing management of the site. We look forward to continuing to watch these grow and see them support the spread of native species across the shoreline.
Our plants are doing amazing! There has been about 5% of our plants stolen which is so disappointing. If you see anything suspicious please report it. So much time, money and community love has gone into this project!
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The Te Tapu o Tāne - Growing Trees & Communities have been hard at it and the mulch is almost done! Lots of hard mahi moving so much up this hill but it's supporting amazing plant growth... just look at the new growth in the photos below! We also had some spare to put around the college plantings to help their amazing plants thrive!
Loving the transformation and looking forward to the birds and bugs taking advantage of the new habitat being created
It was all hands-on deck as the Cromwell community rolled up its sleeves and dug in at the weekend.