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.
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
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
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
Please note: Due to the weather on April 7th we postponed the Plantout Tour to this coming weekend of Sunday April 14th.
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.
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.
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.
I hea koe i te ao o te kowhai? Where were you when the kowhai bloomed?
The first school to return to planting in their local environment this year was West Melton primary, at Kowhai Reserve. They were blessed with the kowhai flowering everywhere.
The theme for their plantout was investigations into natural textures, natural colours and beauty. This was particularly present in a weaving exercise with natural things from the environment.
One hundred and thirty two West Melton School students in Years 2 & 3 arrived at Kowhai Reserve / The Willows.
Thank you to Environment Canterbury for providing plants and combi guards.
Photo above: featuring Plantout on Early Valley Road Sept 30th.
We are well on our way to planting over 10,000 native plants this season ! Over 300 volunteers from the Community, and hundreds of school students have participated.
We planted at numerous sites in the Hororata Catchment this year, thanks to our Community Environment Fund focused on this area.