A school ‘old fashioned fun day’ was a great hit on 8 March 2015 — with no big gala possible while major building work is underway, we had lots of larks as a community instead.
The Ngaio School Environment Group (Nestegg) had a stall with displays illustrating what’s been happening under the masterplan the community created for our school grounds.
Some of the most popular activities were the ‘build a playbank’ table of wooden blocks, and free seedlings in pots to take away. These were baby trees and bushes that have grown in the rich mulch and undergrowth that now fills our arb(oretum).
The kids who took the plants were told what native species they had, and if they couldn’t remember, to look it up by matching leaf shapes. They were invited to grow it bigger, and bring it back to a planting day — or find a suitable home anywhere in the community.
It was neat to see how excited they were walking off with something to look after.
A trick will be to give it a bigger pot in spring, with room for more root growth as the temps rise again.
More news re planting plans soon, and the developing plans for a playbank on the slope above the miniball courts.