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Friday, 26 April 2019 05:51 pm

WATCH: Capital park friends honoured for stream work

THE honours just keep coming for Upstream: Friends of Central Park, which has been named as a runner-up in the Wellington Airport Regional Community awards.

The award – the fourth this year for the group – was presented by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown during their last gathering.

“Upstream very deservedly got a runner-up in the heritage and environment category,” says Ms Wade-Brown.

“It’s great because a lot of the news you hear is pretty disheartening. It’s good to balance it up with all the good things people are doing.”

The group meets once a month in Central Park to maintain Moturoa Stream Track.

In addition to planting and weeding they take on building projects and organise community events.

Member Lynne White says the group has used grants towards an art trail.

“We had 12 different artists all build a piece under the theme of shelter. Something else we’re doing is pest control.”

This is not the first time the group has receive recognition for its work. They have received three other awards in the past year including Community Volunteer Champion Award, Community Champion Award and Best Visual Arts Award for their inaugural Arts Trail.

“This year we’ve been really lucky. It’s fantastic actually, it’s been really good at reinforcing that what we’re doing is actually worthwhile,” says Lynne.

She would like to see a wider group of volunteers, particularly younger people.

“It’s a fantastic way of getting people together and participating in the community.”

For further information see the group’s website: http://upstream.org.nz/

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