Friends with the for­est

The Leader (Tasman) - - NEWS -

More than 100 chil­dren from Hen­ley School, and their teach­ers, par­ents and grand­par­ents spent the day at Coronation Forests ear­lier this month, in an an­nual event or­gan­ised by Nel­son Forests Ltd.

The chil­dren planted tree seedlings, went on a guided con­ser­va­tion walk in an area of pre­served na­tive bush in the plan­ta­tion for­est, and vis­ited a har­vest­ing crew at work.

The an­nual visit tra­di­tion was es­tab­lished 60 years ago by the For­est Ser­vice to com­mem­o­rate the coronation of Queen El­iz­a­beth.

Though many of the boys’ main am­bi­tion for the day was to find and eat a huhu grub, the chil­dren were im­pressed with the ef­fort re­quired to dig a hole and plant a seedling on a slope and by the ma­chin­ery – par­tic­u­larly the Waratah pro­cess­ing head – used by the Boar Log­ging crew.

Nel­son Forests’ har­vest plan­ner Richard Kouwen­hoven said the an­nual Coronation For­est school vis­its were an op­por­tu­nity to show lo­cal chil­dren what forestry was about and also to en­cour­age them to learn more about our na­tive forests so that we can all pro­tect and nur­ture those ar­eas.

Ke­van Buck Forestry Ser­vices’ Rex Mar­shall guided the chil­dren on their walk through the Con­ser­va­tion Grove.

He showed them how to iden­tify trees, how to be more aware of birdlife and plant life in the na­tive for­est en­vi­ron­ment, en­cour­aged them to taste hon­ey­dew and showed then how to un­tan­gle them­selves from a plant known as ‘‘bush lawyer’’.

Photo: ALAS­TAIR PAULIN

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