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Open Day to celebrate Motueka's parks and reserves

May 1st, 2015

Motueka is blessed not only with an outstanding environment but also volunteers who have been working for years to improve and restore places that have suffered neglect.

Acknowledging and celebrating these volunteers, and looking at possible future projects, is the focus of an event to be held at the Inlet Gardens next Saturday, May 9th.

The Inlet Gardens "Open Day" and celebration is being hosted by Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) and Vision Motueka, as one of the events in the "Motueka 2030" programme.

For those who have never walked or cycled through this inspirational area, the gardens are accessed from Old Wharf Road, opposite the Recreation Centre, and behind the similarly impressive Community Gardens.

What can be seen today is the results of 10+ years of restoration and planting at the Inlet Gardens (formerly known as the Adopt-a-Plots area), as well as building the much-used Inlet Walkway loop. The 5-year anniversary of the Community Gardens is also approaching.

The celebration event will start about 10.30am and run until around 2.00pm, and will include from noon a sausage sizzle and soup made from community garden produce.

There will be information displays of KMB projects, some words of thanks to volunteers, and a working bee for those individuals or families who would like to plant some further trees to block off inter-plot paths that are no longer needed.

For families there will also be an educational walking "treasure hunt" to learn more about the gardens area. Those who find all the answers will go into a prize draw. And of course there will be the main attraction - the gardens and walkways.

KMB and Vision Motueka will be gathering ideas from anyone who has any ideas to offer on further beautification projects in and around Motueka.

The Community Gardens will also be open for inspection and regular gardeners there to answer questions.


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