Guides help keep waterways healthy

18:59, Mar 17 2013

Girl Guides from North Invercargill spent yesterday morning on the banks of the Waihopai Stream at Dacre planting trees.

The Guides, Brownies and Pippins were joined by Environment Southland staff and parents to get digging on a three-year project aimed at improving the region's water quality.

Through planting native trees and shrubs on the banks of the stream and learning about riparian systems, it is hoped the Girl Guides will play a part in keeping Southland's waterways healthy.

Girl Guides district co-ordinator Jane King said the activities organised by Environment Southland would help teach the girls to take responsibility for their environment.

The group would adopt the section of land behind the Dacre Community Centre and return periodically to maintain the new plantings, she said.

Environment Southland education officer Nikki Tarbutt was on hand with several other staff to help the Girl Guides get planting.

It was important the community also played a role in improving the region's water quality. Educating future generations on what helped keep waterways healthy would ultimately benefit the region, she said.

Girl Guide Tabitha Driver, 10, said it was great to learn about the environment and she was excited to help protect the rivers.

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