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Mangrove planting has never been more fun!

Yesterday-a mangrove restoration education day was organised for the environment club members of Cuvu District School. We had 100% turnout from the club members. All 27 students attended. Transport for the children was arranged through the resort and so was lunch. So you can imagine the excitement in these young ones, when the bus stopped at their village to pick them up. The level of excitement was so high, we almost had one store-away. The 4 year-old’s face cringed in disappointment when he found out he could not join his older sibling on the excursion. We were soon waving goodbye to a bawling kid on the side of road.

The program started at 10.30am. After a lively name game, the students were taken into the marine centre to have a quick educational session on mangroves. We have to appreciate the ecological role these ecosystems play in our island environment.

Since our day, revolved around the tide. Students were then quickly ushered out to carry 2 seedlings each to the restoration site. Happy excited feet quickly followed Mosese, the marine centre volunteer. Mosese -then gave everyone a lesson on how to plant a mangrove seedling. Mangrove seedlings unlike land plants, have to be planted quite deeply (If not, they would only float away once the tide comes in), and should be atleast 3 feet apart (to avoid crowding).

Our aim that day was to plant atleast 80 seedlings. We exceeded that expectation and planted 150 seedlings. Everyone had a blast. The weather gods was on our side, the sun was up, there was a cool breeze in the air, the atmosphere was just perfect. The air was fused with happy chattering and youthful anticipation.

To put an end to our planting activity, the students were than challenged with a mangrove scavenger hunt. The game was fruitful, as it tested the students’ ethonobotany as well as local ecological knowledge. Everyone did well.

Mangrove planting has never been more fun!

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Lovely photos.. and well done on 150 seedlings ! :o)

13 Jun, 2010


It sounds so Intersting! Just a good job you had helpers with that amount of Planting!!!! great Pictures

13 Jun, 2010


It's good to get youngsters interested in the environment. I'm glad all went well.

13 Jun, 2010


Great blog yellowtree, I've added it to my favourites.
best wishes

13 Jun, 2010


Thankyou for your kind comments!! Yes Terra!150 was a good effort. the kids enjoyed themselves extremely and they can't wait for the next session. It will be Coral Reefs theme next time round.
Thankyou again for reading my blog!! Have a lovely day you all!

16 Jun, 2010


Thanks. You too :o)

16 Jun, 2010

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