Making a difference
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.