The Taha Awa Riverside Gardens Trust has been working with the Kaipara District Council on a system of monthly garden inspections and quarterly meetings to check on improvements and progress.
Major undertakings include a complete overhaul of the swamp garden and work on laying a power cable. The cable will allow a phase three power supply to where the annual ‘Christmas in the Gardens’ concert is held. The second part of this is due to happen as the ground dries. It will re-contour the land around the pirate ship and grass the entrance.
Minor changes include the saw sculpture being completed and a seat and lavender added to the grape arbour. Also the olive trees at the entrance are no longer in isolated raised beds, but are part of a continuous garden from the gate to the end of the trees.
More planting is yet to be done this section.
Chairperson Lyn Trounson said: “I think we can look back on a year which achieved a significant amount…They are now looking so much better than the gardens of several years ago and it would be a shame to lose any momentum we have generated.”
The trust is looking for new members to keep the momentum going.
If interested please call trustee Sheena Mckenzie 021 439 157.