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Dunedin pop-up garden shows how to be wildlife friendly

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A wildlife friendly demo garden displayed in a modified shipping container will be launched by the Dunedin City Council at the Vogel Street Party on 12 October.

The pop-up garden shows how to make backyards attractive for wildlife and people. DCC staff will be available to pass on information about native plants, bird feeders, bug motels and composting.

Policy Analyst Junichi Sugishita says, "Our garden in a container will show how you can develop a pocket of greenery that benefits both wildlife and residents, even in a small outdoor space. We’re hoping by creating many wildlife friendly backyards, our city environment will benefit from additional permanent habitats for wildlife."

The garden will also be displayed at the Dunedin Botanic Garden from Monday, 14 October to Friday, 18 October, at the South Dunedin Buskers Festival on Saturday, 19 October and at the Otago Museum Reserve on Sunday, 20 October.

The garden is part of Backyard Biodiversity, one of the Te Ao TÅ«roa, Dunedin’s Environment Strategy flagship projects.

The Otago Corrections Facility assisted with this project; prisoners modified the container and made a compost bin, bug motels and beehives.

The container will be used for other DCC projects and events, such as the NZ Masters Games. When not in use it will be based at the Botanic Garden. It cost $14,785 to purchase and modify the container.

See www.dunedin.govt.nz/home-and-property/biodiversity for more details.

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