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Last modified: 10 Sep 2020 12:33pm

A group of 62 people put down their roots at the Council's Put Down Your Roots day on Sunday (6 September).

The group planted just under 700 native plants at the regenerative planting day at Chamberlain's Ford.

The day was part of the Council’s activities as an accredited Welcoming Community under the Immigration New Zealand Welcoming Communities programme, which recognises and supports work by councils to help newcomers feel welcome and build connections.

The aim was to give newcomers to Selwyn an opportunity to symbolically and physically putting down roots and to build community by bringing together newer and more longer-term residents.

We captured some pictures from the day - below.

Nicola Hely (International high school Director at Darfield High School) with Darfield High School students, Rira Takahashi and Kota Arai

Two students and teacher, standing together, holding two seedlings and a spade

Salim Wilson with his daughter Naomi

A father and daughter plant a tree together

Pippa and Matt Smith with their daughter Harriet (bottom right) and a Council staff member assisting with the day

A mum, dad and young daughter talk to a woman in a high-viz jacket as they plant a tree together