There are few holidays as satisfying as a ‘conservation vacation’ at Rameka and this time we shared the experience with Kevin – a solid volunteer from USA; Sean – a carrick building musicologist; and Geoff – gainfully employed prof from VUW. It was an unusual trip, with a variety of missions.
We started by building the foundations for a sleeping POD, which is essentially a wooden tent, possibly, maybe, well we will just make it up as we go and find out at the end of the job exactly what it is.
Bronnies main mission, with help from a very nice woman who was dropping her kids off to go mountain biking, was to ‘Release’ the previously planted trees. In other words, stop them from being smothered by weeds. They only have to grow a metre tall and then they can look after themselves.
An on the last day we had a work party with about twenty people and built another chunk of the Odyssey – a track that is living up to it’s name because the terrain down in the side gut is horribly tough.