Let na­tives grow wild

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PAULA HULBURT

Staff at a wildlife sanc­tu­ary are hop­ing peo­ple will buy bird-friendly plants in a bid to keep na­tive wildlife healthy.

The an­nual Kaipupu Point plant sale will give green-fin­gered gar­den­ers a chance to buy na­tive plants.

Or­gan­is­ers hope by get­ting peo­ple to plant more na­tive green­ery in their gar­dens they will at­tract more birds to the area.

Kaipupu Point was awarded $500 worth of plants at the Cawthron In­sti­tute Marlborough En­vi­ron­men­tal awards last month from longterm sup­port­ers at Mor­gans Road Nurs­ery near Grove­town, out­side Blen­heim.

These plants have been boosted by sanc­tu­ary vol­un­teers An­drew John, Nozz Fletcher and grow­ers at the The Pic­ton Men’s Com­mu­nity Shed.

Nozz says it would be great to see more na­tives planted across Pic­ton and Waikawa.

‘‘The dream is to en­cour­age the plant­ing of bird-friendly plants all over Pic­ton and Waikawa,’’ he says.

The Au­tumn plant sale will be held on Fri­day and Satur­day be­tween 9am and 5pm at Mariners Mall in Pic­ton.

All prof­its go back to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

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