Applications open for 2021 Landowner planting assistance – Closing June 7th

Are you planning to plant your own native Greendot in 2021?

Landowners who are looking to restore a part of their property back to native forest in 2021 are encouraged to apply to Te Ara Kākāriki for native planting assistance.

If you or your community group have a piece of land of at least 1100m2 that can contain 500 native plants and are wanting to restore the site for biodiversity, then please apply.

Successful applicants will receive one or a combination of the following:

• A restoration plan written with an ecologist, including a plant list and planting plan.
• A volunteer planting day at your property as part of our annual Canterbury Plantouts or staff planting days to plant 500 to 1000 plants
• A small financial grant to go towards plants and plant guards (max $1,000)

Landowners and community groups are eligible to apply if:

• Their property is located in the Selwyn District
• They have at least 1100m2 available to plant in 2021
• They are able to commit to the ongoing maintenance and protection of the Greendot site

If this sounds like you, click here to apply now Applications close June 7th

* We are carrying out the application process earlier than other years in an effort to ensure nurseries have time to fulfil our orders with high quality plants and all requested species.

 

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Diana Isaac Cup – Apply now!

Together with Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust , Te Ara Kākāriki invite individuals or community groups who have created a Greendot to apply for this award.

This is a way to celebrate and reward exceptional efforts re-establishing indigenous habitat in the Selwyn District especially those who have involved the community in their projects.

For many years Lady Diana Isaac supported the work of Te Ara Kākāriki and in 2012 she created this award to acknowledge outstanding efforts weaving native plants into the working lands of Selwyn District.

Lady Isaac had a long history of conservation, setting up the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust with her husband Neil Isaac. Through the trust much of their 1,100 hectare McLean’s Island property has been rehabilitated to become an internationally recognised example of quarry restoration and is the site of specialised captive breeding programmes set up to protect and restore populations of endangered and threatened endemic bird, reptile and fish species.

The winners of the Diana Isaac Cup will be presented with the cup at our Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki meeting in July along with $1000 to contribute towards further restoration or pest control at their site. Thank you to the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust for their ongoing support of our planting days and sponsoring this opportunity.

We encourage landowners, community groups or companies who began restoring their site at least three years ago and who used eco-sourced native seedlings to apply for this award.

Click here to apply online Closes May 18th

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Native Greendots Tour – Sunday April 5th

Due to Covid-19 restrictions our Greendot Tour has been cancelled and Stackwoods Bend planting day has been postponed.  Please check back in May for news on our Friends of Te Ara kākāriki meeting coming up in July.

Join Te Ara Kākāriki on one of our annual Greendot Tours to see what we’ve been up to and how planting native plant species can add to biodiversity. Continue reading

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Join Te Ara Kākāriki as Coordinator Support

Applications now closed

Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust seek a paid intern to assist the current coordinator with day to day running of the trust as well as host weekend planting events in Spring. Continue reading

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Apply for assistance planting your Greendot in 2020

Landowners who are looking to create or extend a greendot planting on their property can apply for assistance with their project here: Applications now closed  (opening again in May)

Successful applicants can receive one or a combination of the following: Continue reading

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Te Ara Kākāriki Plantout Tour visits four unique sites

The Te Ara Kākāriki team and their guests were pleased to experience a pleasantly mild morning for the beginning of Sunday’s Plantout Tour. The tour is held annually and provides an opportunity for interested locals to come along and see examples of the trusts work and learn about Canterbury ecology. Continue reading

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Te Ara Kakariki Plantout Tour – Sunday April 7th

Please note: Due to the weather on April 7th we postponed the Plantout Tour to this coming weekend of Sunday April 14th.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to register. If you have already done so, we’ll see you on Sunday. Continue reading

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Interest in Native Planting is Rising

Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust has noticed an increase in landowners wanting to plant natives on their property. As well as a lot of people deciding to continue planting year after year as they realise the benefits of it to our ecosystem and the support from the community. Over the past 12 years, we have had a total of 73 native planting sites, including on private lands, with public schools, and on reserves. The average size of these native Greendots currently is 1,000 native trees, and some of them will continue to grow in size. In total, we have recorded over 77,000 native trees.

We have just received new applications in November 2018, and we want to thank the overwhelming number of people who applied this year for our assistance in starting their Greendot.

While we have more demand for our assistance than funds allow, if you are aware of businesses that would like to make annual donations, please contact [email protected] so that we can continue to grow the greenway to it’s fullest potential.

 

 

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Diana Isaac Cup winner announced at Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting – 26 July 2018

More than 50 guests showed up to the Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting at Lincoln University. They came to hear the latest updates of the trust, learn about WWF’s recent campaigns from keynote speaker Libby Harrison, and to witness the awarding of the Diana Isaac Cup for outstanding native restoration work in Selwyn.

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Te Ara Kākāriki educates locals about Native Plants

Sunday 15th April 2018

A young ecology student, Tim Logan had the opportunity to showcase his native restoration planting at the first of four sites at an annual Plantout Tour last Sunday. The tour is organized each year by Te Ara Kākāriki (TAK) Greenway Canterbury Trust to educate and motivate local people and community groups to revegetate areas in Selwyn back to Native Habitat.

Tim’s West Melton restoration site of about 2,000 native plants provided an inspiring backdrop to the morning tour. As a high school student back in 2012, he convinced his parents to set aside a portion of the family’s lifestyle block for native revegetation. Since then they have planted about 400 native plants each year with the help of volunteers. Tim is now studying ecology at the University of Canterbury and is bursting with more enthusiasm and knowledge year by year. He has started collecting seed and nursing his own seedlings.

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