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.
This was only possible with approximately 270 individual volunteers who chose to spend their weekend time outside planting and making new friends. This was also only possible for the trust to coordinate with the support of funders:
Living Water – Department of Conservation and Fonterra partnership to restore habitat in the Ararrira L2 catchment,
the Selwyn District Council – supports the restoration plans and provides funds for green dots through the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund.
Isaac Conservation and Wildlife fund – proud supporter of conservation restoration in the Canterbury plains, as well as the Diana Isaac Cup competition.
and supporters behind the scenes:
Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, Waihora Ellesemere Trust, and Christchurch City Council….. after all, where did all those awesome spades come from?