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.
Planting at Yarrs Flat, Living Water Restoration site has continued this year with Lincoln Primary School. The cabbage trees and flaxes have now risen well above their combi guards, and the place is beginning to look far more interesting than a bare paddock.
On September 5th, alongside planting, students searched for terrestrial invertebrates with the direction from Mike Bowie – Tutor from Lincoln University, and Te Ara Kakariki Trustee.
The most popular activity of the day appread to be climbing the mound of wood mulch. The main task however was to fill buckets and bags with mulch and place it around the 450 plants. This was a good physical activity for the year 5 and 6 students. 170 Students participated in total.
Baylee, a Global Challenge student at Lincoln University and Staci, Youth Engagement and Education Advisor at Environment Canterbury shared their knowledge of aquatic invertebrates and the effect of pest fish on our native fish. The students were excited to find eels, trout, bullies and inanga in the fish traps and enjoyed identifying the invertebrates living in the Ararira river (LII).
We have a few more Kids planting days to come – Springfield school, Leeston school at Lakeside Reserve, and Greendale and Glentunnel Schools at Mitchells Road Reserve.
A special thanks to all the other schools that have been involved with the planting this year include: Tai Tapu School at Tai Tapu Domain, and Springston School at Chamberlains Ford. And a huge thank you to our funders for all the various Kids Discovery Plantouts.