Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

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Even if it’s in a very small way, do­ing some­thing that makes a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in this world is a very em­pow­er­ing feel­ing. Gar­den­ing ticks that box on many lev­els. Grow­ing our own food for health­ier liv­ing is surely mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Fill­ing a gar­den with flow­ers passes on the feel good fac­tor to all who dwell in it. Teach­ing a child about gar­den­ing is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to­day and for the fu­ture.

As com­mu­nity gar­dens catch on, peo­ple are re­dis­cov­er­ing the so­cial en­joy­ment that comes from shar­ing a gar­den and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the well­be­ing of oth­ers. While some of us are band­ing to­gether to pool re­sources and help each other grow fruit and vegeta­bles, other com­mu­nity groups have their sights on longterm goals, plant­ing trees to im­prove our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments for the ben­e­fit of both peo­ple and wildlife.

Green­ing Taupo- is one such project. Read what Nina Man­ning is up to in our Green­life Mat­ters story on page 27. Nina tells how bring­ing peo­ple to­gether for com­mu­nity plant­ing days in­spires them to plant trees and shrubs in their own back­yards, ef­fec­tively build­ing eco­log­i­cal cor­ri­dors through ur­ban spa­ces, which will in time make a big dif­fer­ence for birdlife.

Birds need us to plant trees. Our en­dan­gered bees and but­ter­flies need us to plant flow­ers. Fill­ing our gar­dens with a wide va­ri­ety of plants en­cour­ages the bio­di­ver­sity that’s needed for a health­ier world. Ev­ery day, we hear about global warm­ing, de­pleted forests and the need to plant more green life.

There is noth­ing like spring to bring on the plant­ing urge. So don’t hold back. What­ever it is that you love to grow, get plant­ing. You’re bound to be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

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