Co-operation is the key as Beata (left) and Ruby 
work together to get planting underway.

Kids’ Discovery Plantout at Springfield School


A beautifully sunny day on Friday, October 20th was the perfect setting for Springfield School students to participate in their first Kids’ Discovery Plantout (KDP). KDP is one of the programmes run by Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust, in an effort to connect students with their environment and increase native vegetation on the Canterbury Plains. Springfield School students took part in a number of environmental activities, including planting native plants, going on a ‘minibeast safari’ to find and identify terrestrial invertebrates, and participating in the interactive ‘Story of an Awa’, looking at river health.

A major highlight of the day for staff and students was planting 470 native plants in a previously overgrown corner of the School grounds. The new planting borders an existing area of well-established native plants, and in time this will form an outdoor classroom, as well as provide a habitat and food source for native birds, invertebrates and lizards.

Springfield School would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of Te Ara Kākāriki, Trees for Canterbury, Fonterra Grass Roots fund and Pub Charity’s sponsorship of Paper for Trees, for assistance with providing plants. They would also like to thank parents and members of the community who came along to help with planting. For more information on Te Ara Kākāriki go to