|The original children collecting the seeds in 2014|
|Re-potting and planting new seeds 2015|
Now, finally, in May 2016, some of our first seedlings have grown large enough to be planted up at Ivon Wilson park.
Today Mrs Shaw's Wednesday group brought the tallest seedlings up to Nature Discovery. They were carefully planted and watered and given the best start possible in their new home. Hopefully in many years to come they will provide shelter and enjoyment for the future generations of children using the park.
|Children planting the kowhai seedlings Wednesday March 11|
* It filters pollution from the air
* Helps to recycle water
* Prevents soil loss
* Creates shade
*Gives shelter from the wind and rain
* Provides a home for animals
* Makes food for humans and wildlife
* Provides an interesting, soothing learning environment for people
Propagating seedlings introduces children to the nature of science, the living world and environmental education. Seed germination is a great way to introduce concepts; such as plant life cycles, flowering, pollination, reproduction, dispersal, growth, biological diversity and interaction with each other and with the non-living environment.
The children have learned that it is not a process which happens quickly, but something that can take many years; some of the children's younger siblings, who were babies when this job began, are now taking part in this project themselves.
Mo taatou te Taiao ko te Atawhai
Mo taatou te Taiao ko te Oranga
It is for us to care for the environment
to ensure it's well being
In doing so we ensure our own wellbeing
and that of future generations.