Schoolkids on course for green fu­ture

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

‘‘We were ex­cited to see the feed­ers in place.’’

A de­vel­op­ing ‘‘green’’ part­ner­ship be­tween Sil­ver­stream pri­mary school pupils and the Manor Park Golf Sanc­tu­ary was cel­e­brated with a re­cent on-course visit.

A high­light for the chil­dren was be­ing able to see their own en­vi­ron­men­tal work in ac­tion.

Seven­teen Year 5 and 6 chil­dren from the school’s Green Stream­ers group were at the Manor Park course early on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 31.

In term three, the vol­un­teer stu­dents made a num­ber of bird feed­ers which were gifted to the Lower Hutt golf club.

‘‘The feed­ers will fur­ther help us to sus­tain our na­tive bird life in the win­ter and spring months,’’ Manor Park man­age­ment com­mit­tee mem­ber Penny Bir­chall said.

‘‘The stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers came out­side of school hours, which shows their en­thu­si­asm for what they are do­ing.

‘‘They were able to see the bird feed­ers in the trees on the Cur­tis Flack Me­mo­rial Wet­land.

‘‘Cur­tis was a green­keeper who helped de­vel­oped this wet­land and who passed away last year not long af­ter com­plet­ing the pro­ject,’’ Bir­chall said.

Sil­ver­stream teacher Jill Peauafi said the Manor Park visit was re­ward­ing for the chil­dren.

‘‘We were ex­cited to see the feed­ers in place and we are look­ing to have an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with them.

‘‘Right now we are mak­ing more for the sanc­tu­ary. We had fun gath­er­ing pine cones there, too.’’

The Green Stream­ers group, which meets af­ter school on Tues­days, has been or­gan­ised at the school for five years and is part of its work to­wards earn­ing En­vi­roschools bronze sta­tus.

‘‘We work En­vi­roschools sus­tain­able Peauafi said.

‘‘In term three we were gifted a bee ho­tel with 90 leaf­cut­ter bees and a bum­ble bee nest­ing box, which we have in our court­yard.’’

Other projects are en­cour­ag­ing with the prin­ci­ples of com­mu­ni­ties,’’ classes to com­post fruit waste from which worm tea is har­vested, and the tend­ing and plant­ing of gar­den beds, Peauafi said.

Last term the Green Stream­ers group went on a full-day ‘‘World of Waste’’ trip, vis­it­ing the Sil­ver­stream land­fill, Seav­iew Re­cy­cling plant and Earth­works work­shop in Win­gate and Dowse Mu­seum.

Fol­low­ing its cen­te­nary in 2014, the Manor Park Golf sanc­tu­ary em­barked on an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­ject to both build on what nat­u­ral as­sets it al­ready had and also safe­guard its fu­ture.

Lo­cated in bush­land along­side the Hutt River, the course is home to a wide va­ri­ety of birds, in­clud­ing a pair of New Zealand fal­cons/ ka¯rearea.

The Manor Park Golf Sanc­tu­ary also has a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with For­est & Bird, which over the last two years has planted on the prop­erty to cre­ate a cor­ri­dor for mi­grat­ing birds.

It has also joined Audubon In­ter­na­tional, a not-for-profit New York or­gan­i­sa­tion which runs pro­grammes to help landown­ers pre­serve and en­hance the en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity of their prop­erty.

Sil­ver­stream pri­mary school’s Olivia Lang­dale-Hunt, left, Atianna de Guz­man, Tilly Dears­ley and Re­becca Steere at the wet­land. Sil­ver­stream teacher Jill Peauafi

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