(Part of) the Whangarei Quarry Gardens volunteer team, who meet every Wednesday (approx 9am- 2pm) for a working-bee and a cup of tea/coffee.
24 hectares can be quite a handful to manage, so the trust encourages volunteers to assist at the gardens. The weekly crew of volunteers; Wednesday Legends are usually comprised of long term supporters of the Gardens, however, the newest venture is aimed at mobilising youth to get involved in a community based project at the heart of Whangarei.
“Our volunteers range in ages, backgrounds, abilities, knowledge and interests, yet all of those who take part leave the Gardens with a sense of achievement. Saturday Soldiers is a monthly endeavour to get people who can’t commit to a weekly volunteering schedule and have to work around a timetable.” Says David.
Saturday Soldiers happens on the second Saturday of every month. His aim to get youth more involved with the Gardens is starting to draw interest. One young Volunteer, Alex says “It makes me feel good, doing something for the community-it’s really satisfying.”
There are many odd jobs to cover and the garden needs young people who don’t mind getting a bit grubby and, as his ad promises: “back to nature”. The work isn’t strenuous however, and you couldn’t pick a more beautiful place to be spending your Saturdays.