Thursday, 27 February 2014

Enviro Schools Tree Planting Celebration

Springston School’s Enviroschool celebration
Springston School celebrated becoming an Enviroschool on Thursday 27th February by planting two native trees in the Springston, now not so Secret, Garden. Matt the Selwyn Enviroschools Facilitator organised the ecosourced trees donated by the DOC native plant nursery in Motukarara.
Even the Monarch butterflies from the insect garden were popping out of their chrysalises to celebrate!

The Springston Secret Garden was first started by the Springston Enviro Community group as one of the actions on their community action plan drawn up after consulting the community. It would never have happened without the huge generosity of local Springston identity, Helen M, making the land available. The hard work to clear and develop the back section for the  garden was originally organised by Terry (who has continued on as advisor) helped by Colin and Geoff

The very useful tool shed and shade house was built by a local team coordinated by Terry, using funds provided by WWFnz.  The Springston Enviro Community is one of the many Selwyn Envirotown community groups started by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. 

The extensive input by Allana in the early years and more recently volunteer, Zanada, who has given up many, many hours each week, as well as the Lincoln University student volunteers, most recently Sol and Jana, and of course all the children, have brought the garden to its present wonderful community facility. The fact that Springston School is now an Enviroschool  and the garden being part of this is a great outcome for the community.

The garden is not only for the children, it is a community garden and if anyone would like to use one of the beds to grow food, please contact Sue and if anyone would like to help with the garden or are interested in the Springston Enviro Community group, also contact Sue J.  

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