Students at Ladbrooks School have planted the Tai Tapu site for three years as part of the Te Ara Kakariki Kids Discovery Plantout Programme

Planting days continue

by Ann van Engelen

Te Ara Kakariki is in the process of taking registrations for the organisations Plant Out Tour inviting people to visit the restoration native planting sites.

“We have our Plantout Tours on April 5 and a plantout on May 3,” says Te Ara Kakariki coordinator, Letitia Lum.

“One tour will be in Lincoln/Tai Tapu and the other in Hororata. It is an opportunity for the community to see the restorative work Te Ara Kakariki is doing and learn about the benefits of planting native species. They will visit a recently planted and a more established site.

“Guests can learn the trust’s mission to plant a corridor of native Greendots to link the Southern Alps to the sea or Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. An ecologist will discuss threats to biodiversity in Canterbury and share their expertise on successfully planting natives. To register for the tour email office@kakariki.org.nz.”

A planting day is set for May 3 at Stackwoods Bend.

“Stackwoods Bend is on the banks of the Huritini/Halswell River along Old Tai Tapu Road. For three years Ladbrooks School has planted here as part of the Te Ara Kakariki Kids Discovery Plantout Programme. The project is funded by the community through a Million Metres Streams crowdfunding campaign, which has enabled 300 metres of riverbank to be planted.

“This spring the school will plant another 100 metres of riverbank, and for the first time, the community is invited to help. We are grateful to receive funding from Environment Canterbury’s Immediate Steps fund. Planting on the river bank provides habitat for native birds, lizards and invertebrates and improves the health of the Huritini/Halswell river. That will lead to cleaner water reaching Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Native grasses along the water’s edge provide habitat for native invertebrate species such as Water Boatmen and Damselfly Nymphs, and provide shade for aquatic species such as eels and bullies and cool the water reducing the growth of algae. A public walkway runs along the river giving walkers the chance to see up close the progress being made at the site.”

To register for the Stackwoods Bend plantout — visit kakariki.org.nz/.