Work Day Reminder, September 18 2021
Provided the Covid alert levels don’t worsen before Saturday (18 September) a public planting day will be held at Travis from 10am – 12.30pm. This is the usual Spring planting day that is held in conjunction with Trees for Canterbury, who donate a substantial number of plants for the event and attract a large number of willing workers. The Travis Wetland Trust is very grateful for their ongoing support.
If we are still at Covid level 2 there is room to separate into groups of less than 100, should more than that number turn up. There’s also enough space to maintain the necessary social distancing. Please scan the QR Codes that will be set up or fill out a contact tracing form. Unfortunately there can be no BBQ following the planting.
This year the planting site is to the west of the main pond (see adjacent image). The usual Tōtara / Mataī Forest area at the southern end of the wetland is too wet for a public planting day, but don’t expect this alternative area to have totally dry-foot access. Please bring gloves and wear gumboots if possible!
Christchurch – National Park City
If you don’t read The Press you may not have noticed that they are promoting an initiative for Christchurch to become a National Park City. This is an idea that Travis Wetland Trust’s Dr Colin Meurk has been pushing for at least the past couple of years. London became the world’s first National Park City in 2019 after a widespread campaign led by explorer and geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison.
The United Kingdom-based National Park City Foundation was formed in 2017. Its goal is to help cities around the world become places where people and nature are better connected. The guiding tenets include having a city that is rich with wildlife, where every child and young person has the chance and space to explore, play and learn outdoors. Everyone in a National Park City can enjoy high-quality green spaces, has clean air to breathe, and can swim in their rivers. It’s also something every single resident can help achieve, through small, everyday actions.
The Press article writes: “We’re aiming to get it recognised by the National Park City Foundation, but first we have to prove we’re willing to do the work to improve Christchurch’s environment, and have the support of our community.” They have a page where you can pledge your support for the initiative.
Article: Dave Evans, Image: Grahame
Travis Wetland Trust Annual General Meeting
This year the Trust’s AGM will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 19 October. Following the AGM will be supper and a speaker. Further details will be sent out nearer the time, but please put the date on your calendar.