Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays from Pollinator Paths!
I would like to personally thank every single one of you for the support you've shown Pollinator Paths this year, we have come so far and achieved so much!
We have created a fantastic retreat for our pollinator friends in Hakanoa Reserve, the plants have established well, the bumble bees are out exploring the neighbourhood and the leaf cutter bees should start hatching any day now, so keep an eye out if you are around over the holidays!
We are planning a catch up event at the park in the new year where we will install the sign and make sure that the garden stays in tip-top shape!
Here's a few things you can do in the meantime if you live locally to help the park flourish over the summer break:
If the plants are looking a bit sad and it hasn't rained in a few days, fill up your watering can and come bring them some love!
If you see any weeds coming through, pull them out or grab a handful of bark from the pile and cover them over (please make sure you know it's a weed and not one of the plants though!)
If you see a gap in the wall, grab some sticks, stones, clay, straw, pinecones, sand, bamboo etc. from around the park and keep them filled in so more pollinators will come and make their homes there.
If you see a wasp nest, let us know and we'll come and remove it, we don't want the wasps killing the butterflies that are hatching on the swan plants!
Our apologies to those we haven't got back to that have contacted us since the event that would like to help out, we have been flooded with emails and have been so busy in the lead up to Christmas that we are still trying to get through them all! Thank you so much to every single one of you, and do know that we will be in contact as soon as we can.
We have so many great ideas about how to continue Pollinator Paths next year, with a plan to try and connect Grey Lynn Park, Hakanoa Reserve and Coxs Bay Reserve with pollinator berm plantings, new educational resources for schools and lots of communities keen to start pollinator patches in their local areas. If you are keen to start a patch drop us a line and let us know and we'll see what we can do in the new year.
Have a fabulous holiday break and hope to see you all next year!
Your pollinator pal,