Wetland warriors

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Queenstown’s Shotover Primary School pupils are working hard to enhance a wetland habitat in their community with an ambitious planting project.

The students have planted 500 native grass, shrub and tree species in the wetlands, which is between the school and the Shotover Delta, as part of the ongoing Shotover Wetland Restoration Project.

Volunteer Renee Grove says the goal is for every child involved in the school project to plant something at each planting day.

“It’s great being down maintaining the area and to hear children saying while biking or walking with their parents, ‘this is what my school planted’.

“The project has also benefited from the amazing support of volunteers from the community, undertaking mulching, weed-spraying, weed-eating and rabbit protection for the plants.”

The latest team effort took place on Sunday, with volunteers tending to the plants to protect them from rabbits.

The pupils have also been learning about native plant species and the wildlife in the wetland.

The scheme is co-ordinated by a working group comprised of the school, Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Stalker family, Wakatipu Reforest-ation Trust and Gems Daycare.

Children from the school have been planting in the area since 2016.

joshua.walton@scene.co.nz