Girl Guides dig in
Planting project for Waihopai Stream bankAMANDA PARKINSON
Brisk weather did not stop Invercargill Girl Guides from venturing out to plant 85 native saplings along the Waihopai Stream yesterday.
The planting was part of a joint project between the guides' Kawhai District and Environment Southland to revegetate the stream bank.
Environment Southland land sustainability officer Anastazia Raymond said the Living Streams Programme was twofold.
"Firstly, it stabilises the bank, helping prevent more sediment and mud washing into the estuary.
"Secondly, native plants absorb pollution from dairy farming, stopping it from running into our waterways."
Tabetha Driver, 11, has been part of the project since it started in March this year.
"It's fun helping the other girls and learning how we can understand the environment better," she said.
"I like the way we learn to plant the trees so they are protected, with the weed mats and the shelters."
The guides finished off their planting with cheese scrolls provided by Fonterra.
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