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.
Thank you to all the volunteers this season !
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.
Starting a native planting project on your farm is a lot easier with the right advice and support from the community. Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust hosted our annual Plantout tour on Sunday April 9th in two locations across the Selwyn District with a growing number of interested people.
From March to June this year, Lou Drage (TAK) and Matt Stanford (Enviroschools) have been taking small groups of students from our Kids Discovery Plantout schools out for monitoring sessions. Under this wooden disk, Glentunnel school found the following species; slugs, millipedes, a crane fly, ants, earthworms, slaters, a swift ground spider, weevils, a flatworm and an unknown Spider!
Thank you everyone who supported our first ever crowd funding campaign for this Stackwoods Bend restoration project. We raised $9,000 with all of your support. We will now commence planting at this site in rainy Spring – date set for September 6th.
The goal of this project is to restore a small portion of the Halswell / Huritini River along the stretch on Old Tai Tapu Road, locally known as ‘Stackwoods Bend’, which is very visible to people passing by.
Port hills image during the fire period. Image from Suff
There have been many discussions amongst local councils and ecologists about how to remediate the burnt hills, what to do now, and what to do later. A big concern is the risk of erosion from the first rains we get causing sedimentation in our streams. We are also aware that bare soil without management can bring on a large flux of broom and gorse for example; unwanted, non-native, fire hungry species. Te Ara Kākāriki is continuing to be part of the conversation and there will be a public talk coming up soon, so watch out for it.
The Canterbury Plantout on September 3rd 2017 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.