Amanda Besley, Tauranga Field Officer reports that plants at Tauranga schools have been faring well despite the withering drought conditions and there have been several opportunities for promoting the TfS programme:
The Envirohub, from which TfS is coordinated, was the organising force behind Sustainable Backyards, a month long celebration of sustainable living initiatives and workshops. At the launch on Friday 1 March many local people sign their pledge for sustainable living; atmosphere and humour were provided by the Classic Hits team Will and Bridget. With Mayor Stuart Crosby and other high profile locals present, including DOC officer Peter Huggins, it was a great occasion to promote TfS.
Children’s Day on the Sunday was a full day arts, crafts and entertainment event organised by Tauranga City Council at the Historic Village. Envirohub and TfS hosted the Bug Making activity with dozens of little children and their parents spending time making bugs to fill our forest.
The inaugural Flaxroots Conference, promoted by DOC, saw key environmental agencies, care groups, scientists and committed public joined together for an outstanding day with keynote speakers, talks and forums focusing on improving native biodiversity.
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