Community Garden Working Bee

You are invited to a working bee at our community garden in the Ashhurst Library.

Saturday February 18th     10am-12

We will be giving the shed a clean out, plus some general gardening and weeding.

All invited, we would love to see you, even if for a short time.

Introducing new RECAP coordinator

Jane EvansResilience Coordinator with RECAP

I have lived in Ashhurst for 11 years. I am an ex-primary teacher, have educated my three children at home and teach music in the village. I was on the founding board of RECAP and am currently enjoying being on the Permaculture Course run by RECAP. I love Ashhurst and feel well connected and supported by our wonderful community. I have been involved in Playcentre, local music and in organising community events. I love the commitment of those involved in RECAP and other community organisations to creating a stronger more sustainable community and am excited to be part of it again.

Tradescantia weeding - Thank you!

A huge thank you to all who came and weeded on Saturday morning.
We were lucky with the weather, a fine morning for the nearly 20 volunteers that came and supported Kerry's vision of freeing up some space for our beautiful giant Maidenhair ferms to breathe.

We quickly created a huge pile of Tradescantia (aka "Wandering Willie" )with barrow loads of weeds being transported out of the bush, really if was many hands make light work.
It was wonderful to put faces to names and meet some new folk who came and helped out.

There is a strong desire to continue this work and keep on top of the Tradescantia in this area.

Thanks to Neil from Horizons who put on a great BBQ lunch for everyone, just before the rain arrived!

Tradescantia Weeding & BBQ at the Ashhurst Domain - Sat, 26 Nov, 9:00 a.m.

Help protect one of our local treasures: the Giant Maidenhair endemic to the Ashhurst Domain and nowhere else within New Zealand.

On Saturday, 26th of November, we'll gather at 9:00 a.m. in the morning for hand-weeding at the Ashhurst Domain. We'll meet by the parking lot that is located between the Ashhurst Domain Playground and the RSA Cemetery. From there we'll go on to work at our own pace to remove tradescantia. Around 11:00, the free BBQ will get going with thanks to Horizons Regional Council. Thanks are also due to PNCC for material support for the event.

We're planning on working in an accessible area on level ground, in part shade. Come prepared for the weather, including water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and (if you want them) gloves. No tools are required.

Join us to celebrate and protect our unique ecological heritage!

There are still a few spaces left for Permaculture course 2017...

REGISTRATION is now open for RECAP's 2017-2018 permaculture design certificate course! Further information is now available at

Be involved!

Two volunteers share their experience with beekeeping during a tour

RECAP is a volunteer-led, registered charity (CC50147) with lots of opportunities for meaningful community involvement. As an umbrella organisation for a range of community projects, we would like to enable people with creativity and initiative to take leadership in areas that are supported by our purposes. Please step forward if you would like to develop a project or offer a workshop to benefit the community through RECAP.

We also have several well-defined volunteer roles, small and large. Contact us to discuss a volunteer role that might suit you. You can also ask to be put on our mailing list, and we'll let you know about working bees as well as other events like workshops, socials, and more. Most of our events are equally open to both members (living in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley area) and non-members. Just send us your name, email address, and mailing address.

Our AGM is usually the first Wednesday in June at the Village Valley Centre. Our email: