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Read on for news, events and information from the Project Twin Streams Glen Eden team. 
Project Twin Streams Glen Eden

Events

Ecowest Festival is a month-long festival of diverse events from 14 March - 12 April 2015, showcasing the people and projects caring for the West Auckland environment and connecting you with a myriad of opportunities to discover, make, regenerate and learn.
Lucinda Orchard Working Bee Sun 1st March 10am-12pm, 6a Lucinda Place, Glen Eden. Bring your tools, kids and enthusiasm. Contact Helen 0211392940

Native seed sowing workshop Thur 5th March 11:30-2pm at the Glen Eden pop-up village square. Come along a sow native seeds, which you can take home and grow into trees!
Check out the other free events for February at the Glen Eden pop-up village square.
Kauri Karnival Sunday 8th March11am-3pm at Parrs Park
'Plastic Bags Not' Community Conversation, Tues 17th March 7-9pm Sustainable Living Centre.
Rainharvesting Workshop Sat 28th March 10am - 12pm. Lucinda Orchard 6a Lucinda Place.

Stream Restoration Experience Days

Every Thurs and Fridays, with our Stream Rangers. This is a great opportunity to learn and be involved in environmental restoration of the Glen Eden Streams first hand. Please contact us if you would like to come along.

Alanah Mullin 
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021 308 268

Sam McElwee
Stream Ranger
09 813 2285
021308813

Pamela Gill
Community Coordinator
09 813 2063
021 308 257

Our Streams Our Dreams
February e-pānui

Kia ora tātou katoa
Phew another month flies by with perpetual sunshine sprinkled with a dash of rain, don’t we love it!  We’re back in full stride looking forward to a busy month streamside.  There’s mulching, weeding, celebrating kauri, a rainwater harvesting workshop, celebrating Seaweek  with some native plant seed sowing at the amazing Glen Eden Pop-up Town Square to name but a few of the planned activities this month, hope to see you at one of them.


One of the highlights over the past month was our Native Plant Propagation workshop held at our local Ceramco Park where seeds from plants in our stream restoration area were flourishing in abundance at this time of year.  We had the expertise of Billie Elliot from the Auckland Botanic Gardens to guide us on our journey to collect and sow native plant seeds for restoration areas or for our backyard gardens.  

We were so inspired by this workshop that we decided to start a group that would continue to support and encourage each other to grow native plants, all welcome
 Collecting seed at Ceramco Park
 

Karamū

Karamū (Coprosma robusta), is one of the most common coprosma species in New Zealand. it may even be growing in your backyard. It is fast growing, hardy and produces a large amount of sweet and attractive berries, which birds love to eat and in turn spread the seed. This makes Karamū, one of our favourite restoration plants, as it is able to quickly inhabit an area to create shelter for slower growing large natives to eventually come through and shade out the Karamu.
Interestingly Karamū is a relative of the Coffea (the coffee plant). Although Karamū has never been taken seriously as a coffee substitute, one report from a meeting of the Wellington Philosophical Society describe that “the beans when roasted and ground have a splendid coffee aroma and when made into coffee the result seems to be thoroughly satisfactory.”  Maybe worth a try...
 

Woolly Nightshade - yuck!

Woolly Nightshade, or tobacco plant, is native to southern Brazil. But here in Aotearoa it has become  un-welcomed overstayer since the 1880’s. Woolly nightshade spreads easily through birds eating it’s plentiful berries, which are then dispersed far and wide. Consequently, the woolly is a common plant in Auckland backyards. All parts of the plant are toxic to humans, especially the berries.  The leaves and stems shed fine hairs when touched, which irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat.

If plants in your backyard are small, you should be able to pull them out by hand, or dig them out with a spade to make sure you get the roots, which may regrow if left in the soil. Larger trees may require cutting and some use of herbicide.  Please consult the weedbusters site for more detailed information on the removal of this weed, or any other weed.
 
       


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