Tak­ing care of na­ture.

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A long, long time ago Aotearoa had no peo­ple. This was a land of birds, in­sects and lizards who lived in forests full of na­tive plants; ev­ery kind of plant, from gi­ant trees to bushy shrubs and ferns. Some of our na­tive plants are ex­tinct like the di­nosaurs. But, lucky for us, we still have some beau­ti­ful na­tive bush to visit. And we can grow na­tive plants in our gar­dens. Au­tumn is a good time to grow some na­tive plants from seed. You could even col­lect your own seeds. Look for seeds on kowhai trees, harakeke (flax), tī kōuka (cab­bage tree), ko­romiko (hebe), karamu (co­prosma), ren­garenga (rock lily), ko­huhu (pit­tospo­rum), manuka and other na­tive plants in the gar­den. Ev­ery year, New Zealan­ders plant hun­dreds of thou­sands of na­tive plants to pro­tect and beau­tify our en­vi­ron­ment. You might have grown or planted some for an En­vi­roschools project.

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