Treemen­dous school gar­den

The Leader (Tasman) - - GOLDEN YEARS - SARA MEIJ

With the help of many lo­cal ‘‘work­ing bees’’, Nel­son Cen­tral School now has a new sen­sory gar­den full of na­tive trees to en­tice birds and in­sects to the grounds.

The gar­den en­hance­ment was part of the 10th an­niver­sary of the Treemen­dous School Makeover ini­tia­tive and the school was cho­sen from 100 en­tries.

Nel­son Cen­tral School was one of five lucky re­cip­i­ents of the ini­tia­tive af­ter sub­mit­ting a land­scape de­sign plan as well as an or­gan­i­sa­tional and bud­get break down for the project.

The ini­tia­tive was launched in 2007 by Project Crim­son Trust and the Mazda Foun­da­tion and aims to teach chil­dren about the im­por­tance of car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment through the de­vel­op­ment of out­door class­rooms.

The $10,000 gar­den makeover in­cludes an am­phithe­atre for the teach­ers to use as an out­door class­room, a re­lax­ation zone with ham­mocks and a sight area made up of weta houses, bird houses and la­dy­bird and in­sect ho­tels.

The new gar­den is a wel­come ad­di­tion to Nel­son Cen­tral School, who has been work­ing to­wards re­duc­ing their waste for over a year.

Nel­son Cen­tral School en­viro lead teacher Lyn­ley Wal­ter said the stu­dents had been in­volved in bring­ing the idea to life.

She said she had put ev­ery­thing she had into the project and was ex­cited that all the hard work had paid off.

‘‘The new sen­sory gar­den brings with it so many new

‘‘We hope it will bring more na­tive birds into the school and help con­nect the bio­di­ver­sity cor­ri­dors to the city.’’

Lyn­ley Wal­ter

pos­si­bil­i­ties. The gar­den will be used by not only the school com­mu­nity but also the whole lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘We hope it will bring more na­tive birds into the school and help con­nect the bio­di­ver­sity cor­ri­dors to the city.’’

She said the school would use the area as an out­door class­room.

‘‘Be­ing able to teach about na­ture in na­ture is go­ing to be a great as­set.

‘‘It will also cre­ate new habi­tats for lizards and we­tas, and sup­port the al­ready ex­ist­ing ecosys­tems within the school.’’

Ahead of the plant­ing day on Satur­day, ‘‘Bug­man’’ Ruud Klein­paste and ‘‘Shark Man’’ Ri­ley El­liott were giv­ing work­shops at the school on Fri­day, teach­ing chil­dren of all ages about the role of in­sects and sea life on our planet.

Klein­paste said he was on a mis­sion to ed­u­cate New Zealan­ders about na­ture and was ‘‘rolling out’’ Treemen­dous make overs around the coun­try.

‘‘I’m try­ing to cre­ate na­ture lit­er­ate New Zealan­ders, chil­dren who un­der­stand that we de­pend on ev­ery­thing na­ture does.

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