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Borthwick Park Update May 2016


It was a hot, dry summer. Fortunately we have native plants in Borthwick Park and our volunteers have watered regularly to keep the new plantings alive over summer so we have had few losses. Thanks to our summer waterers.

Our first 2016 working bee on May 1st was well attended and we spent a productive morning pruning, weeding and doing other small maintenance tasks. The children were well occupied under Saideh’s supervision and Christel did a great job with the catering. Thanks to everyone.

Future Working bees:

5th June - mulch spreading (subject to availability)

3rd July - big planting day for 2016, barbecue lunch

21st August

11th September

23rd October

We’d love to see you along to one of our working bees. They are great fun and only go for a couple of hours with morning tea. Starting times vary so please watch out for email notices. To be added to our email list, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New plantings in the park: We await Council’s formal acceptance of our proposals for new plantings in the park. These include the establishment of three new areas. We hope to announce the pending planting of these areas soon.

In April this year we applied to Council for a community grant to enable the installation of more interpretive signage in the park. We await Council’s response.

Creek works: Occasional heavy downpours over the years have pushed large rocks downstream where they have piled up against each other. This bottleneck has caused sediment to accumulate, limiting the effectiveness of the trash rack at the Thornton St bridge. NPSP Council has inspected the creek bed with the KRA and work to clear the build-up of rocks and to clear the channel is likely to take place later this year. We are all mindful of the attraction of the ‘beach’ area in the park to young children and all efforts will be made to retain and enhance this natural area for their enjoyment.