Get growing

09 Jun 2020

An enthusiastic crowd of about 150 people planted 1100 native trees and plants at the QEII Park Adventure Trail off Beach Road on Sunday 7 June.

Split into two groups to meet physical distancing requirements, the volunteers from College and other schools, plus their supporters, made short work of the task, swinging into action on the fine, crisp morning. As soon as they had finished a dozen fantail/pīwakawaka descended, staking their claim on the new block … hopefully the forerunners for many native birds to come.

As teacher and eco-action warrior David Newton says, “The plants will provide native bird food, help mitigate climate change, and enhance the amenity value of our cityscape as the forest develops.”

Eleven schools across Christchurch now have eco-action satellite nurseries, together nurturing 10,000 trees and plants.

The next planting will take place on Sunday 21 June, from 10am, at Chimera Crescent.

Check out the work of the Eco-Action Nursery Trust at

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