Otago Daily Times

Daf­fodil at­trac­tion brings in more than ever

LAWRENCE

- RICHARD DAV­I­SON richard.dav­i­son@odt.co.nz Volunteering · Society

TRUS­TEES hailed a record­break­ing sea­son for the Hart’s Black Horse Brew­ery daf­fodil at­trac­tion in Lawrence as it closed for the sea­son yes­ter­day.

Daf­fodils Trust chair­woman Si­mone Budge said more than 1300 peo­ple had vis­ited the 154­year­old site dur­ing its five­week spring sea­son this year.

That was an in­crease of about 30% on last year’s fig­ure of 1000, she said.

She put the up­surge of flo­ral en­thu­si­asts down to a com­bi­na­tion of word of mouth, hard work by vol­un­teers, and a good dose of sun­shine.

‘‘This sea­son has been the best yet in terms of the amount of sunny weather on open days and the dis­play of flow­ers.

‘‘The qual­ity of the dis­play is down in large part to three years of ex­tra at­ten­tion to the site, in­clud­ing stock man­age­ment dur­ing sum­mer to keep grass down, over­growth clear­ance, and a weed­spray­ing pro­gramme that be­gan this year.

‘‘It’s helped peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ence of the at­trac­tion enor­mously.’’

In­creased num­bers meant a grow­ing kitty for fur­ther im­prove­ments, she said.

‘‘We’ve also been ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have do­na­tions of labour from three lo­cal con­trac­tors, which have helped us af­ford a freshly­grav­elled and lev­elled car park, safety fenc­ing and weed spray­ing — all much needed.’’

De­spite the im­prove­ments, trus­tees and vol­un­teers would not be sit­ting idle dur­ing the closed sea­son.

‘‘The next ma­jor project for the site is a sycamore mas­sacre.

‘‘The trust hopes to ac­cess the labour of lo­cal vol­un­teers and Lions to ring up trees, and then al­low the pub­lic to bring their trail­ers and fill them for a nom­i­nal amount for fire­wood.’’

Cre­ation of a ‘‘mini­mu­seum’’ of brew­ery arte­facts was also un­der dis­cus­sion, she said.

Mrs Budge thanked vol­un­teers for their con­tin­u­ing as­sis­tance.

‘‘We’re so grate­ful to the small army of vol­un­teers who help with work­ing bees and staffing the site so it can be opened to the pub­lic, as well as lo­cal con­trac­tors and re­tail­ers who step up each year.

‘‘We sim­ply could not do it with­out them.’’

 ?? PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON ?? In­ruins...A soli­tary daf­fodil with crum­bling brick­work be­hind at the Hart’s Black Horse Brew­ery in Wether­stons Gully, Lawrence, dur­ing the at­trac­tion's clos­ing week­end on Satur­day.
PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON In­ruins...A soli­tary daf­fodil with crum­bling brick­work be­hind at the Hart’s Black Horse Brew­ery in Wether­stons Gully, Lawrence, dur­ing the at­trac­tion's clos­ing week­end on Satur­day.

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