The Canterbury Plantout on September 3rd was a beautiful sunny day. 160 volunteers cheerfully planted 3,020 native plants.
Volunteers arrived at Ararira Wetland/Yarrs Flat on the shore of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. This is a Department of Conservation (DOC) Wildlife Reserve and a small part of it, previously used for grazing, is now the focus of a restoration planting project. The Plantout event was supported by Living Water, a partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation, which is working to improve biodiversity and water quality in five significant dairying regions across New Zealand.
After a well earned lunch, volunteers travelled by bus to two further Greendot planting sites in Tai Tapu. Te Ara Kākāriki identifies restoration sites with farmers all over the Selwyn District throughout the year with support from the Selwyn District Council, and puts together a restoration planting plan through the Greendot programme. Each Spring the Trust coordinates a number of planting days with volunteers. Eileen Devine-Smith was happy to see all the volunteers assisting her plantout “It’s just amazing, a dream come true!. I see all the plants popping up so quickly, this would have taken us ages”. Eileen has established an organic fruit and nut orchard, and the native plants are planted in groups near the family house and a nearby pond. As the native plants grow, the new greendot will become a new stepping stone for birds as they travel across the plains.
After all 3,000 plants were put in the ground, everyone was rewarded with dinner and entertained by a live band. The winner of the Diana Isaac Cup – Ian Reed – was presented with an award for his dedicated contribution to native restoration in Hororata. The stage was quickly populated by Ian’s family and friends who had put in a lot of hard work over the years; we could all see that winning in conservation is a team effort. Ian will now be able to buy another $1,000 worth of plants and combi guards, thanks to the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust who support the cup every two years and the Canterbury Plantout annually. The event was also made possible with support on the day with people from Environment Canterbury and Waihora Ellesmere trust.
Thank you to all of our Te Ara Kakariki trustees and our sponsors and supporters
One more Trustee has joined the team in August 2016
Welcome to Pam Aldersley
Highlights from the Plantout Tour 2016!
Selwyn residents gathered on Saturday April 16th to learn about native planting on the Canterbury Plains and hear from experts and other landowners.
“I gained in extensive knowledge of the basic steps for planning, planting and maintenance for native trees in a variety of places across Selwyn. The Speakers took time to explain the benefits and difficulties of planting in each place. I’m now inspired to plant natives myself. We were a warmly welcomed group by Te Ara Kakariki- Canterbury Greenway Trust. I felt privileged to learn first hand from the native greendot landowners also”. (Julia Guthrey – participant)
Sue Cumberworth (Te Ara Kakariki Trustee and Co-Chair – Tai Tapu resident) shared her impressions: “Seeing the plant growth of 2, 4, or 6 years after we planted them is so rewarding. To see the habitat in action with insects in birds is a success. I was particularly interested to hear the key speakers, such as Mike (Mike Bowie, Lincoln University) share about insects and monitoring that the school children undertake.
I learnt so much from Jason (Jason Butt, Waiora Forest Landscapes) about the vegetation around the lake. I had no idea about the populations of rushes, grasses, native nettle, and the natural low number of woody plants near the lake”.
Trustees and Contractors celebrating 10 years of Te Ara Kakariki.
November 28th, 2015
Pictured left to right: Colin Meurk (Ecologist) Craig Pauling (Trustee), Johannes Welsch (Trustee), Debbie Craddock (Trustee), Cr Malcolm Lyall (Chair of Trustees), Sue Cumberworth (Trustee) Mike Bowie (Trustee). Below. Elizabeth Guthrey (Coordinator), Lou Drage (Restoration Advisor).
Canterbury Plantout – September 2014
The next wave of Green Dot planting days were a huge success, our most popular year yet, with over 150 people each day joining us to plant across Selwyn. More details on the outcomes of the days will be updated soon.
Native Restoration Field Day – Coes Ford, Saturday 10th May 2014
The native restoration field day was a huge success, with over 50 people attending. As part of the day Te Ara Kakariki developed a restoration handout for participants. This can be downloaded here 2014 Restoration field day handout
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This enthusiastic bunch meet approximately every 6 weeks to keep TAK moving forward positively. Meetings are held at the Lincoln Events Centre. Anyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to do anything – but there’s always plenty to do. If you have some skills to offer or just a shot of enthusiasm contact the Greenway Canterbury coordinator email@example.com to work out best how to get involved.
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