Adventures in Wellington

On Tuesday, our Project Sunshine team visited Wellington Zoo, as part of the Bush Builder programme that we previously mentioned here. As well as delivering a hand-knitted blanket to the chimpanzees, our farmers took a tray of sunflower seedlings and some seeds. It was a special visit for the children and they were really proud to present the zoo with their seedlings.

After the zoo, our sunshine bus stopped at Carrara Park in Newtown, much to the children’s joy. There we met Shane and Simon, who are City Gardeners from Wellington City Council. Carrara Park is about to have a new community garden built in it – a special spot tucked away in a neighbourhood that will really take care of it. The children were allowed to plant anywhere they wanted to in the park, so each child selected a spot to plant a whole family of sunflower seeds. We also planted some two-week-old sunflower seedlings in a stand together with some swan plants, which should flower before Christmas.

We also gave several hundred of our children’s sunflower seeds to Shane, so that he can plant them around some of the central gardens that he works in the city. He planted some of these on Wednesday in a cool new planting in Glover Park, in Ghuznee Street. They have been planted along with wildflowers, fruit trees and other delicious edible plants. Magic!

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Working with wonderful Wellington Zoo

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Meet Kim and Lynn – our new friends from Wellington Zoo. We are so excited to be working on a Project Sunshine collaboration with their wonderful new ‘Bush Builder‘ programme. The programme is designed around educating our youngsters about vulnerable ecosystems and of course, our friends the pollinators. Our Project Sunshine children will get the chance to do some planting at the zoo and Lynn and Kim will work at Epuni School with the children, and also back at the zoo. Our children will grow sunflowers and our new range of butterfly-attracting plants, and these will be dispersed to other Wellington schools via Lynn and Kim. This is a really exciting partnership and we are very grateful for the support of Wellington Zoo. We’re pictured here in the garden as the storm began to hit. Freezing!

Cheers Lynn and Kim. Next time bring a giraffe too please? X