School’s wetland project under way again

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Omarama School is holding a working bee on Friday afternoon to further develop a wetland which has been set aside as a learning environment for students.

About 150-200 plants, mainly swamp sedge, will be planted in a small area surrounding a pond (about 500m from the school) by the school community thanks to funding from Environment Canterbury’s Honda Tree Fund.

A hangi is to be put down also and lifted at about 5.30pm and teacher, Dion Stechmann, said the afternoon would be both a cultural and environmental experience.

“We’re hoping to reignite the whole project and trying to make it a mix of fun and learning,” he said.

The pond has an inlet and outlet, and Mr Stechmann said it was fenced off from stock around 2010. Since then students have been learning about native trees, fish and bees, and according to Ecan youth engagement advisor Debbie Eddington, studying stream ecology, riparian margins and considering ways to enhance the area.

By LINDA MCCARTHY