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New bug motel for school garden
Saturday Express, Blenheim Marlborough  by Maike van der Heide
24 Jun 2017
General News - page 16 - 371 words - ID 797871273 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 547.00cm2

There's a new motel in town, and it's full of creepy crawlies.

Don't worry though, it's not substandard accommodation for humans, but a special place for insects to live and hopefully do good for Blenheim School's vegetable garden.

Pupils built the motel themselves from recycled materials as part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation's primary school life skills and values programme Kiwi Can.

Kiwi Can team leader Di Huntley says the creation of the bug motel was part of learning about respect for the environment "because we have to contribute and do our part".

By attracting insects such as ladybirds and bees, which can benefit the vegetable garden, Di says the children have learned it is possible to do jobs to help themselves and their community, "rather than to ring someone else to do it for them".

The motel was built from donated timber pallets and items found at the Marlborough Recycling Centre and Transfer Station including pieces of hosepipe, old pot planters and terracotta pipe. Children were also asked to bring suitable materials from home.

Succulent plants finished off the motel's aesthetics. Di says the children are keeping a close eye on the motel to see what moves in and some have even caught insects at home to ensure the motel is tenanted.

HOW TO BUILD A BUG MOTEL: Cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottle so you have a nice tube shape.

e Cut bamboo canes, long e enough so they just fit inside the bottle, you don't want them hangf ing out at the ends.

e Put the canes into the bottle.

e Pack them in well so they don't n fall out.

t Tie some string around the e bottle so you can hang it up.

Hang the bottle outside in a tree or on a fence, in the shade is best. You could try putting other - things into the bottle, like sticks e or rolled up cardboard, and see if different beasties visit.

"The creation of the bug motel was part of learning about respect for the environment."

Di Huntley, Kiwi Can team leader

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Faalelei Sioveata, 7, Angel Quinton, 9, and PhilipJunior Fodow, 7, have created a bugfriendly motel. PHOTO: SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ

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