De­sign a Green Cor­ri­dors logo and win $500

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - RUS­SELL POOLE

Nearly 20 years ago a project was launched with the aim of cre­at­ing cor­ri­dors of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion along lo­cal stream banks.

Green Cor­ri­dors Palmer­ston North: From Range to River is slowly but steadily re­al­is­ing these long-term goals.

The com­mu­nity-fo­cused or­gan­i­sa­tion wants to re­flect this progress with a $500 logo com­pe­ti­tion -

It is look­ing for a dis­tinc­tive em­blem that iden­ti­fies Green Cor­ri­dors with Palmer­ston North and its com­mu­nity, and con­veys the idea of us­ing na­tive plant­ing to con­nect the Tararua Ranges to the Manawatu River.

These con­nec­tive cor­ri­dors, such as the one that links the ranges to the river along the banks of the Tu­ritea Stream, are pro­vid­ing well-used recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple, as well as flight paths and sources of for­age for birds, along with im­proved habi­tats for fish and other stream-dwelling an­i­mals.

Na­tive trees have at­tained im­pres­sive heights and are start­ing to arch over the streams and creeks.

Along with flocks of tui, birds mak­ing their home in the cor­ri­dors in­clude ko­ri­mako (bell­birds), kereru (wood­pi­geons), and ruru (more­porks).

Lo­cal res­i­dents who have planted for­age species such as kowhai and harakeke (NZ flax) are be­ing re­warded by vis­its from some of these birds.

The Green Cor­ri­dors logo com­pe­ti­tion is to help cel­e­brate these promis­ing re­sults.

Any­one with de­sign skills, artis­tic flare and en­thu­si­asm is in­vited to take part, and it is hoped that en­tries from stu­dents in par­tic­u­lar, will be strongly rep­re­sented.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found by fol­low­ing the link on the Green Cor­ri­dors Face­book page.

En­tries will be on dis­play dur­ing May 2017 and the pub­lic will be given the op­por­tu­nity to vote for their favourite.

The over­all win­ner, de­cided by a panel of judges, will re­ceive the $500 cash prize, while the win­ning de­sign will be used on the Green Cor­ri­dors web­site and Face­book page, on sig­nage and pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial.

The com­pe­ti­tion dead­line is Thurs­day, April 13.

BRIAN WAY

The new bridge across the Tu­ritea Stream on the Green Cor­ri­dor near Nga­here Park Rd.

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