Keeping tools up to the mark
the bevelled edges of the blades. Lay the bevelled edge flat against the whetstone and pull it towards you repeatedly until the surface is shiny and the edge is sharp. These looked and felt like new when I was done. Council to enhance the park.
A predator-proof fence across the Tawharanui peninsula keeps the park free from possums, stoats and rats so it’s a refuge for native birds. TOSSI projects include a nursery growing plants to regenerate the wetlands and bush habitats for threatened species, pest control and track development. It was a great day out for all ages – from 80-years-old to babies in backpacks – and levels of experience. Some volunteers had never planted anything and needed to be shown how to use a spade and (tactfully) told to remove the plastic planter bags.
There were jobs for all – children collected the planter bags to be reused, super-diggers forged ahead making extra holes followed by planters. Others supplied water and fruit or sliced mountains of onions and coleslaw for the barbecue lunch that followed. Check Forest and Bird, the Department of Conservation, council websites and community papers for similar events happening somewhere near where you live. If you can’t find one, identify a local eyesore that needs a helping hand and start your own group to make it happen!