Ti­mona Park wa­ter tested

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape -

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

PHOTO: GILL AB­SOLON/SUP­PLIED

Pupils from Feild­ing In­ter­me­di­ate test Ti­mona Park to see whether it can sus­tain aquatic life.

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