Keep­ing tools up to the mark

The Hastings Mail - - WHAT’S ON - BAR­BARA SMITH

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!

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