• 03 Te Rimu sculpture
  • 02 Great North Road Grey Lynn Mural
  • 01 Our Hood

Love your local park

Great things happen when Grey Lynn-ers get together. The transformation of Hakanoa and Wellpark Reserves are two recent examples join us at Grey Lynn Community Centre on Wednesday 28 July to hear how they did it and get your favourite green space next on the list.

Grey Lynn’s parks and reserves could be in for a prolonged dose of TLC. The momentum for locals to pull on their gumboots, grab a spade and take long-term care of a park near them is building. And the benefits to both natural ecosystems and neighbourhood spirit are obvious.

So how do you go about starting a new group, encouraging your neighbours to join you in working with Auckland Council to clear weeds and carry out planting in a reserve near you? Or, how do you find about the groups that already exist and join in?

What are the right trees and shrubs to plant to attract birds? And how do you know which are the invasive weeds that you need to watch out for and remove?

A meeting at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Road, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 28 is designed to share all this knowledge. Members of the Hakanoa Reserve group, Predator Free Grey Lynn and “the Wellparkers” will be there to share observations and advice. Paul Whitfield, of UrbanArk, through whom Auckland Council supports local groups, will also be there to explain how to start, what to do and how Council can help.

After that meeting, a how-to set of FAQs and contact details for existing groups will be posted on the GLRA website as a handy reference tool. All are welcome at the meeting.