2022 has been another fantastic year for our Kids Discovery Plantout Programme, which involved 16 schools who helped to plant 5,848 native seedlings.
This is up from 11 schools in 2021, and we’re grateful to have had increased funding and been able to find sites to respond to the growing interest from schools across Selwyn.
Planting is just one part of the experience though, and this year tamariki have enjoyed a range of engaging and educational activities. Some have learnt about local native birds by trying their hand at nest building, listening to and practising bird calls, and hearing about the special role of kereru in dispersing seeds. Others have learnt about the important role insects play in flower pollination, searched for insects in and around their planting site, and even created insect hotels to provide shelter for native bee, butterfly, and beetle species.
We really appreciate the support of everyone who helped to make our Kids Discovery Plantout Programme possible this year, and of course all of the schools who were involved:
Ararira Springs, Darfield High School, Darfield Primary, Glentunnel School, Ladbrooks School, Leeston Consolidated School, Lincoln Primary School, Lincoln High School, Prebbleton School, Rakaia School, Springfield School, Springston School, Tai Tapu School, Te Rōhutu Who, Waitaha School, and West Melton Primary School.