This year Arbour Day fell on Queen's Birthday weekend, but we weren't going to let that stop us here at Central Kids Matatā. We celebrated Arbour Day on the 6th June instead of the 5th.
Firstly we did an impromptu visit to the horse paddock next door while we watched as Cilla went into Lightening's paddock to collect her horse manure. While Cilla was collecting the manure, Lightening stood by the fence and took as much grass as we could give her. We have big plans for Lightening's manure……… we are going to put the manure around the back of the centre where we are planning to eventually have an area where we can grow some plants to produce kai for the centre and to give away to the community here at Matatā. By us feeding Lightening, she will help us to eventually feed the centre.
We have been lucky to have known Lightening since before she was born, and we even got to see her being born in that very paddock. We save our apple and pear cores for her and she has learnt to come to a whistle when the tamariki would like to feed or pat her. Now Lightening has grown up to be a trusted friend of the centre.
This year we celebrated the environment by acknowledging Arbour Day planting three trees, two native species Cabbage Trees or as they are traditionally know as Ti Kōuka and one fruit tree, a lemon tree. So far we have planted them into pots until we decide where they will rest in their forever place, one small step for the centre, one big leap for the environment.