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This resource offers ideas for restoration activities for each season of the year.
Summer/Autumn - term 1
- Water plants
- Collect seed
- Explore local places – what lives there?
- Collect real and useful data about your place:
- map your biodiversity – what native plants live in your place?
- which insects and birds are interacting with your plants (eg bees pollinating flowers)?
- track local animals in tracking tunnels – who lives in your backyard?
- count bird calls
Autumn/Winter - term 2
- Draw a planting plan:
- what/where are you going to plant?
- how big do things grow?
- are some plants better suited to wet/dry/windy places than others?
- consider sunlight and soil conditions.
- Tell people what you're going to do. Ask for parent helpers. Book your planting days into the school calendar and newsletters
- Plan/prepare a new planting site
- Propagate new plants – take cuttings, sow seed
- Use your school compost/worm wees to feed your new plants
- Clean and prepare tools
- Keep exploring your local places – what's happening out there?
- Garden Bird Survey (usually end of June)
Winter/Spring - term 3
- Plant while the ground is wet and digging is easy. The new plants will also have plenty of water to help them settle in
- Mulch around your plants to give them some space from weeds that may grow too close and block out the sun
- Plan a pest animal trapping programme
- Build traps and/or tracking tunnels
- Build insect shelters
- Join The Great Kereru Count! (end of September)
- Weed around new plants
Spring/Summer- term 4
- Weed – release the plants from surrounding weeds
- Mulch new plantings and water if it is a very dry season
- Animals and insects are also on the move and enjoying the warmer weather, monitor their movements
- Trap pest animals
- Think ahead to next year ... what kind of planting do you want plants for?
- weaving plants
- habitat and food for birds, invertebrates and lizards
- plants to prevent erosion
- medicinal plants
- amenities planting
- Order plants for next year so they have time to grow to a good size