Friday the 8th of June marked World Oceans Day. Our team made the early morning sailing on the Bluebridge Ferry across the Strait and were greeted by a beautiful but crisp winter morning in Picton, en route through Marlborough to Seddon School and Yealands Estate.
First up, we delivered our educational presentation to all 110 students of Seddon School, explaining the importance of responsible rubbish disposal and showcasing a snapshot of the effects of rubbish in the marine environment. After the presentation Seddon School took a short drive to visit Yealands Estate.
Seddon School is extremely proud of their environment and community and one initiative they get involved in is planting. Yealands joined forces with students from the school and Awatere Playcentre to plant 1,500 native trees and flaxes around the Estate’s wetlands on World Environment Day in June 2009.
Three years on, the proud students who planted the trees were able to see their trees’ progress and understand the bigger picture of what they had collectively achieved. Younger students who did not attend the planting were able to see what a difference the planting makes to the wetlands and a great example of the effect of hands-on action.
Yealands have many ingenious environmental endeavours throughout the vineyard and take great pride in being the most innovatively sustainable winery in New Zealand. Yealands staff listened intently to our educational message before heading out to the coastal boundary of the Estate along Clifford Bay for a clean up to do their bit for World Oceans Day.
This stretch of coast is one of the cleanest we have come across, with ocean currents depositing heavier concentrations of debris further along the coast. Nevertheless, 15 hardy crew got stuck in and removed any rubbish that was on the beach, managing to find 70 litres, or 7.7 kilograms in just over an hour.
A big thanks to those from Seddon School for getting involved in the community spirit, and a massive thank you to Yealands Estate for supporting environmental initiatives such as these. Also congratulations to Yealands on their recent success at the Green Ribbon Awards.