June Crop Swap

Our fourth Crop Swap. In the nice warm community library, this time featuring hot soup! Bring your excess produce, seeds, seedlings, preserves, baking or anything else gardening related. This is more of a sharing event than a swap, where you do not need to give in order to take (and visa versa) and everything is free.


Please join us for the RECAP AGM on Wednesday June 9th, 7pm at the Village Valley Centre. We invite all members of the Ashhurst/Pohangina communities to help us elect our board and celebrate the year that's been. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to chris@recap.org.nz

Microplastic Madness film screening

A special documentary screening for kids (and their grown ups!) on Friday June 25th (a teacher only day at Ashhurst School) from 11am-1pm at the Ashhurst Community Library.

“​Microplastic Madness - Brooklyn kids take on plastic pollution” is an inspirational and optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with a powerful take action message.

This will be followed by a poster making session on easy ways to reduce plastic consumption at home and school & a chance to repurpose some items (not able to be recycled with the PNCCs recent changes) for planting seeds.

To read more about Microplastic Madness: cafeteriaculture.org/microplastic-madness
And watch the trailer: youtube/MICROPLASTIC MADNESS - Official trailer

Palmy's Plastic Pollution Poster Challenge!

During the York & Custom street clean up on April 24th, 22 voluteers picked up a whopping 20 bags (roughly 120 kg/2 cubic metres) of rubbish over 2 hours. 

To encourage others to dispose of theior rubbish appropriately, we're running a competitioon for local kids to design a poster encouraging others to Keep Ashhurst Tidy.

The winning poster will be displayed through Ashhurst & its creator will receive a $25 voucher from Bruce McKenzie Booksellers.

Drop your poster into the library by Fri June 11 (make sure to leave it with your name and contact details!) & the winner will be announced Mon June 14.

May Crop Swap

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the first two Crop Swaps.

We will be running these monthly on a Saturday at the community garden (next to the library). There is always a good selection of free seeds, seedlings, excess fruit and produce and baking for afternoon tea. As the weather gets colder/wetter we will move inside the library.

As always, you don’t need to give in order to take and visa versa.

Our next one will be on Saturday May 22nd 11am-1pm.

York & Custom street clean up

York & Custom street clean up

Help remove litter in your community & enjoy a picnic with RECAP & the team from Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge.

Join RECAP & PPPC for a clean up along York & Custom streets in Ashhurst, followed by a pizza lunch (provided by PPPC)

When: Saturday April 24th 10:30am-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠12:30pm
Where: York street & Custom street (meet at the Domain carpark at 10 Cambridge avenue).

Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Please email chris@recap.org.nz or register here if you would like to pitch in, so we have an idea of numbers.

For more info on the Palmy Plastic Pollution Challenge: enm.org.nz/about/palmy-plastic-challenge

Compost Workshop & Crop Swap

COMPOST WORKSHOP: RECAP’s annual educational composting opportunity. A theoretical and practical session around how to build great compost by creating compost for the community garden.

If you are interested in attanding the workshop, please register HERE

This will be running alongside our monthly CROP SWAP. Bring your excess produce, seeds, seedlings, plants, cuttings and anything else gardening related. You do not need to give in order to take (and visa versa). You do not need to register for the crop swap. 

When: Saturday April 17th, 1pm-3pm.

Where: The Ashhurst Community Garden (next to the library)

Free entry but koha appreciated.


Seed Harvesting & Processing with Setha Davenport

Learn the art of bringing your seed in and harvesting and processing it for proper winter storage. Both wet (fruit) and dry (flower) techniques will be covered. Please bring questions and examples of plants gone to seed that you are having issue processing. Setha will guide you through these techniques and also take you into the "field" for first hand observation. A good mix of theory and practice.

Saturday March 27th 10am-1pm $25

Ashhurst Rugby Clubrooms: 2 Lincoln Street, Ashhurst (& Slow Farm)


Register here.

RECAP Crop Swap

RECAP are running a Crop Swap at the Ashhurst Community Library & Garden as part of Neighbour Day Aotearoa's 2021 theme 'The Great Plant Swap'.

In 2020 there was increased interest in home gardening, and connecting to other gardeners and members of your community is a great way to enhance local resilience and share knowledge.

Bring your excess produce, seeds, seedlings, plants, cuttings and anything else gardening related.

All are welcome, and you do not need to give in order to take (and visa versa!)

Tea & coffee will be provided.

Any leftover seeds, seedlings and food will be added to RECAP’s seed library, garden and sharing shelf for the wider community to access.

Summer Pruning Workshop

Click here to register for this workshop


Facilitated by Ashhurst local Phil Stevens from Slow Farm this workshop will focus on the how, why and what of summer pruning and give you the opportunity to get familiar with your loppers, get stuck in and have a go!

We will talk about shaping, keeping size under control and encouraging fruit production. Please bring loppers, and saw of cutters if you have them, and a pen and paper. A full water bottle and sun protection are recommended.

Entry is by Koha.

Registrations essential.