Timona Park water tested
Timona Park’s community orchard is being investigated to determine whether the pond can sustain aquatic life.
A group of young scientists from Feilding Intermediate on November 24 took their lab to the park to test the water quality of its wetland area.
‘‘No, they had not played truant on this sunny morning,’’ Timona Park Orchard Trust member Gill Absolon said.
‘‘[They] were out paddling in the mud... when most kids are stuck in a classroom.’’
Leader of the school’s Green Team Jiselle Rider said the class had been working on raising tadpoles and the next stage was finding out whether amphibians would survive if raised in the park’s pond.
The pupils tested the water’s temperature, depth, pH and conductivity. They also attempted to find any other species in the habitat.
Pupils were divided into five groups and each had a turn at the five testing stations.
‘‘They were then expected to take their findings to school where they would be making a class report,’’ Absolon said.
The wetlands is part of a joint ecological development, between the Timona Park Orchard Trust, Manawatu¯ District Council and the school.
In July, pupils helped transform what was once an over-run wasteland by planting about 1000 native grasses, shrubs and tree seedlings.
However, the development was rocked in October when five fruit trees were stolen less than four weeks after being planted. It was the second time vandals struck.
‘‘Most kids are stuck in a classroom.’’ Gill Absolon
Pupils from Feilding Intermediate test Timona Park to see whether it can sustain aquatic life.