To develop the track to its full potential takes money as it requires timber for steps, signs, picnic tables, sprays to clear the weeds and thousands of trees to replant the reserve with a better range of food and habitat for the birds. Having done this it has a real value to the community as a place of peace, to commune with nature and to take part in exercise. It adds value to the town as a place to live and also as a place to visit as a tourist.
In recognition of this the Far North District Council have awarded the project an infrastructure grant to complete the work and for this we are very grateful.
Still a few boxes to tick but we are on our way.
It is now six months since I started work on the track and from a situation of dense undergrowth with no discernable way through, it is now possible to walk continuously from the bottom of Golf Links road all the way through to the Stone Store. In the process I have engaged with many people who have given me huge and enthusiastic support for which I am very grateful.
There are still several boxes to tick before it becomes an official full blown project but the track is walkable as it stands and that is great. One of the best bits about it is, that it is untouched woodland and introducing people to be able to appreciate it will, in some way, reduce the peace and serenity of the woods but it needs to be shared and appreciated by the community.