Successful planting in Springston

Some of the team getting stuck in to the task at hand.

Some of the team getting stuck in to the task at hand.

Staff and members from our Waterwise network got their hands dirty recently, all for a good cause.

Members of our Youth Engagement and Education, and Events team joined Waterwise members to spend an afternoon planting at a Springston Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust geendot site, in the Selwyn Waihora Zone.

Over 400 plants went in the ground in just a few hours by the group. Coupled with the landowners planting efforts, the site is now home to around 700 natives.

Kahikatea, tōtara, matai, toetoe, ti kōuka/cabbage tree, karamū and mikimiki/coprosmas, kowai, manatu/ribbonwood are just some of the native plant species used.

Site history

Te Ara Kākārki (TAK) first started planting at the Springston site in 2017, taking around 40 volunteers there each spring for the first three years. Since then, the owners have had several corporate groups help them with their mahi.

Their vision for the site is to cover the five hectares in native forest, restoring it back to the kahikatea forest that was originally present. Projects like this have several benefits, including boosting biodiversity and creating more habitat for native wildlife species.  

Change of plans

COVID-19 restrictions meant the original plan to have youth from Waterwise help with the planting didn’t work out, but past members of the team, along with some of our staff, put their hands up to help when the call went out.

A clear Springston day provided the perfect backdrop for the planting session.

A clear Springston day provided the perfect backdrop for the planting session.

Community effort

Te Ara Kākārki spokesperson Letitia Lum said the project has been a rewarding experience.

“It's always a pleasure to come back each year to help with the planting project and to see the growth from previous years,” she said.

Letitia said she is thankful for the assistance.

“It was great to have the support of the Environment Canterbury planters to save the owners from weeks of planting, and I know they enjoy sharing their project with more people,” she said.

Environment Canterbury youth engagement and education advisor Jocelyn Papprill said it was a great day out at the Springston site.

“It was awesome to see everyone get stuck in, it made for a fun afternoon of planting.

“We were really happy to be involved - it was a great opportunity to serve our community,” she said.

Greendot sites

Greendot sites are managed native planting spaces on either public or private land supported by TAK in conjunction with landowners and other organisations.

The Trust aims to boost biodiversity in the region through planting initiatives. It runs three different programmes, aimed at getting people of all ages and stages connected with nature.