Day 6: Plants and Palmy

26 Jan, 2013
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Young Labour New Zealand, WOW what a day we’ve had! We left New Plymouth this morning then went through Whanganui and made our way to the Salvation Army Community Garden in Palmerston North and had a long afternoon of hard work in the gardens.

Sun, Sweat, Hot, Dirt – on the 23rd of January the Clarion Tour journeyed from New Plymouth, through Whanganui to the mighty Manawatu to do some physical labour at the Salvation Army Community Gardens north of Palmerston North.

When we got to the dirt track that led us to the garden we were met by Ray, a retired volunteer. Ray managed the gardens but is increasingly relying on other volunteers to help manage the growing gardens. Ray even lives on site in a self built cabin to help watch over and protect the gardens.

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Ray told us that the tasks that we were to accomplish for the day and then we got stuck in, weeding and hoeing the ground till the gardens looked superb. It was hot work in the sun, but with another car full Clarion Tour participants arriving from Wellington soon after beginning, we managed keep the energy up and to make a real difference.

After our mission was complete, we were praised for the job we done so well and were given some lovely fresh vegetables (which made a lovely salad that night). We also rewarded ourselves by heading for a short dip in Manawatu River and a nice cold brew.

As we sat in the fading sun and talked about the day, we wondered what the next day would have in store for us…

By Dan Steer

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