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For Girl Guide Action Month and part of the Brownies Green Machine badge. Sonja (Leader of Wairau Brownies) asked the Brownies to meet her at Sheps Park on Sunday 17 June to help plant trees in the new public park on Severne Street. This was an Arbor Day event organised for the community by the Kiwi Conservation Club and Department of Conservation.
When we first got there we got out of the car and the smell hit us before the cold did, it was the mulch that had been laid before we got there. The day was cold but one brownie and her Dad turned up with their shovel and wheel barrow. Sonja had her daughter, a guide, with her and their shovel and barrow ready for a day of planting. We were introduced to some of the people that had organised the event. We were also told a little about the lady that had left the park to the people of Blenheim. We were told not to dig the mulch in because it may burn the roots of some of the plants. About 100 people from the community turned up to plant the trees. With that many people it did not take long (one hour) to plant about 1000 plants and trees.
Bunnings Hardware supplied us with hot sausage and bacon sandwiches; they were yummy. The organisers gave us delicious muffins and pots of apple and feijoa jelly made from the fruit growing on the trees in Sheps Park and drinks of fruit juice, which was well worth getting cold and muddy for. In the summer we will be able to go and enjoy the park and look at the fruits of our labour.
We had fun while we worked and at the end of it we all compared our dirty hands to see who had worked the hardest but we decided that we had all worked hard. Sonja gave her e-mail address so that if they need help again in the future we can offer our help.
Sonja asked the Brownies to meet her at the Taylor’s Pass Reserve to go on the Walk in the Park in the Dark on the 30 June. This also is a community event. This time there were two Brownies and Sonja’s daughter and granddaughter willing to brave the cold.
The walk was started a few minutes early because it was too cold to stand around waiting. Once we got moving it was not too cold. We walked up to the top of the hill and stopped to take in the view. That was spectacular seeing the town at night, but the wind at the top was pretty cold, we did not stop for long. It was a nice walk everyone chatted away all the way back to the bottom. We were well entertained by a boy in a gingerbread man costume. He kept running back and forth. We told him we were going to eat him.
There was a BBQ with hot food and Milo’s that we could buy when we got back. We all got a certificate for doing the walk. Next year I hope there will be more Brownies going - it was fun. We saw Katrina Gander there too. She is Springlands Guides leader.
Brownies of 10th Wairau Brownie Unit, Blenheim
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