Con­ser­va­tion in your own back­yard

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

Peo­ple are in­vited to an Our Place: Our Na­ture fam­ily event with fun ac­tiv­i­ties in Nel­son on Satur­day 28 Oc­to­ber be­ing held to cel­e­brate Con­ser­va­tion Week.

The event show­cases the spe­cial places and amaz­ing wildlife in our back­yard and it’s on from 10am to 2pm at Bran­ford Park in the Maitai Val­ley.

There will be ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages in­clud­ing mak­ing your own preda­tor track­ing tun­nel, hav­ing a go at flax weav­ing, a scavenger hunt, giant out­door board games, dis­cov­er­ing what fresh­wa­ter crit­ters live in the Maitai River and ad­ven­ture games for the un­der 5s.

It will also be a chance to ex­plore a new Toy­ota Kiwi Guardians ad­ven­ture site for kids on the Bran­ford Park Ed­i­ble Walk. Kids can com­plete con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at the site and earn a Toy­ota Kiwi Guardians Medal.

Con­ser­va­tion Week runs from 14-22 Oc­to­ber and this year the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion wants peo­ple to con­vert their love of na­ture into ac­tion.

‘‘We want to show peo­ple that con­ser­va­tion can be done in your own back­yard, gar­dens, parks and marine ar­eas, says DOC Act­ing Motueka Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Kath In­wood. ‘‘Even small ac­tions can make a dif­fer­ence and get­ting out in na­ture im­proves our health and well­be­ing.

‘‘Our preda­tor-free vi­sion of rid­ding the coun­try of rats, stoats and pos­sums by 2050 starts in your own back­yard. It’s great to see mo­men­tum gath­er­ing as more com­mu­ni­ties band to­gether to make their own ar­eas preda­tor­free.’’

The Our Place: Our Na­ture event is a part­ner­ship be­tween DOC, Nel­son City Coun­cil, Tas­man District Coun­cil, Nel­mac, Bowa­ter Toy­ota, Big Pic­ture Pro­duc­tions, En­vi­roschools and Nel­son Col­lege for Girls En­viro Group who will hold stalls. In­for­ma­tion about this and other events can be found at www.con­ser­va­tion­

Bran­ford Park is host­ing the Our Place: Our Na­ture event this Satur­day as part of Con­ser­va­tion Week.

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