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Residents from Enliven’s Cashmere Home became film stars recently when a camera crew visited the Johnsonville home to showcase their native planting project.
The camera crew were filming on behalf of the Nga Hau E Wha o Paparangi Marae and the Wellington City Council who are producing a film celebrating the most successful projects by Nga Whenua Rahui, a branch of the Department of Conservation, over the past 25 years.
Since 2010, residents of Cashmere Home have been growing native seedlings with the help from volunteers and staff. In 2012 the home teamed up with local marae Nga Hau E Wha o Paparangi and since then Cashmere Home has donated about 1000 native plants and will continue to donate between 300 and 400 plants annually.
Cashmere recreation officer Davina Rawiri says Cashmere Home took part in the project because they were looking for a way residents could give back to the community and make a lasting impact.
“Residents that have passed on have contributed to the future – it’s a legacy that they leave behind for future generations to enjoy.”
Davina says residents care for the plants, watering, weeding and transplanting them into larger pots.
“We use a lounge in the home to re-pot the plants indoors so all residents who want to participate are able to. It’s an activity they find both meaningful and rewarding.”
From Cashmere Home, the plants go to Jay Street Nursery and are cared for by the community gardens team until they are large enough to be planted in the local parks, reserves, schools and childcare centres.
“The planting is done by local schools and volunteers,” says Davina. “The project reflects a real community effort to protect and enhance our local environment and we are very happy to help make a difference in our community.”
Cashmere Home specialises in respite and hospital care. To find out more about Enliven’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, call 04 477 7067, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz