PNCET is proud to be able to support five important projects in the latest Grant giving round from March to June. PNCET received five applications that varied in their scope but each demonstrated some capacity to enhance Palmerston North’s environmental and sustainability sectors. Funding has been given to support the following projects:
An MSc Student, Tyler Berry – was granted $450 to support his project, Health and Body Composition of Urban Mallard Ducks, in which he will study the effects of wildlife feedings on the health and feeding ecology of Mallard ducks at Victoria Esplanade Post
Another individual who received funds was Nila Taylor, National Youth Council Leader of The Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand. PNCET contributed $1000 to Nila’s travel costs to support her attendance at the Roots and Shoots Global Gathering at Windsor Castle in July 2018. She will come back to introduce projects that reflect ideas shared and learnt at the gathering, as well as being able to create global collaborative projects.
Pitt Park People were granted $5000 to enable them to purchase 3000 – 3500 native plants to plant alongside a path that is being developed to enable disability access on the North-Western wall of the Pitt. This is a new planting area that has not been previously been planted and will be an extension to the excellent work already undertaken over the last few years at Pitt Park.
Another exciting project we were able to support with the granting of $5200 was The Keeble Forest Memorial Trust’s development of the Atawhai walkway project. The walkway will enable public viewing access to the Greenwood block of native bush on Atawhai Road – a unique piece of bush that is protected by a QE11 covenant. The funds will be used to begin work on a walkway to run alongside the protected bush block, descending from Atawhai Road, and connecting with the existing public walking track, which is part of the Te Araroa Trail. It will provide a platform for public education on the pioneering work of Michael Greenwood in developing native planting and restoration practices to achieve biodiversity conservation.
The New Zealand Landcare Trust is carrying out the other significant project supported by the Granting of $4087 by PNCET. They will purchase the technology required (a Drone and an iPad mini) to record, demonstrate, promote, and celebrate successes in land use and land care approaches and ideas.
PNCET looks forward to seeing more inspiring initiatives like these projects submitted for our September funding round. Remember also that small grants up to $250 are awarded every month.
- All amounts given in this article are excluding GST.