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Baring Head reserve - a bit of everything!

Friends of Baring Head are organising volunteers to undertake a range of activities from pump house restoration to beach cleaning to plant "releasing"!

Here are the details:

Plant after-care - We did a small planting late last year in an area that has just been retired from grazing. Despite going into the ground late, and being in a particularly windy spot, most have survived. We will spend a few hours cutting grass around them, and hopefully also mulching some using noxious water weeds out of the river. So it would be great to have some people keen and equipped for wading in deepish water. Gloves advised. If you can bring some hedge clippers or grass clippers, that will make the job easier.

Finishing the pumphouse restoration - We have completed most of the restoration, including replacing the roof and window, and painting three of the walls. By the 23rd the fourth wall will be sanded and ready for painting. The last job will be to install the new door and clean the interior. If the door is ready we will also do that on the 23rd. If not, we will schedule another day in April for that work. Once the interior is clean, seats will be installed. The pumphouse is next to a great swimming hole, so we hope it will become a popular destination for families.

Beach Clean Up - For those who are in the mood for a long walk, we will also do a beach cleanup. Walkers will leave the carpark, walk up and over the hill to Fitzroy Bay , and then right around the coast to the coastal carpark. They will pick up all the plastic and other waste, and leave the bags along the coastal road to be picked up by the ranger at the end of the day.

This event will happen regardless of weather. Bring lunch and drinks and snacks, sunscreen, sunhat, woooly hat, warm clothing and waterproof clothing! Also please note that there are no toilets so you will need to go behind the bushes!


We will be carpooling so please meet at 9am outside the front of the railway station. Offers to drive most welcomed!!!!!!!!

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  • robkennedy

    I am over eastbourne way and I will be going straight there. Dont wait for me!

    March 22, 2013

  • Spencer

    unfortunately I'm going to have to pull out. If you need a ride, Colleen, the organiser, can sort you out: colleen.davey {at} paradise.net.nz.

    March 21, 2013

  • wynn

    Not entirely certain yet that I can attend but registering interest anyway - wading for weeds sound cool..

    March 17, 2013

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