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Puppet show to explain not all green is good Weeds have a massive impact on our environment, so artists are raising awareness of them through art – and a school holiday puppet show is set to do that. Anna Bailey and her Wellington puppet company String Bean Puppets, has created The Tree Friends, a puppet show for children and families centred around a tale of a kereru and child on a journey to protect a baby kohekohe tree from dangerous climbing weeds. Getting the message across that not all green is good, highlighting the impact weeds have on native flora and fauna, and that action starts at home in our own

backyards and local reserves needed an exciting new direction, says biosecurity technical advisor Illona Keenan. “Predator Free New Zealand has really shone a light on the how the community can get engaged and support the natural environment, and we wanted the Weeds project to spark the same amount of interest. “Council and community groups plant approximately 100,000 native trees each year, but without weed control our native forest will struggle to thrive. So, alongside our current methods of weed control, we commissioned two artists to create art to highlight our key messages.”

In 2017, Wellington City Council put out a call to artists to create a temporary artwork to help raise awareness of weeds in the city. Wellington photographer Shaun Matthews’ project Incursion and Anna Bailey’s String Bean Puppets were selected by a panel of environmental and arts experts. The project is supported by the Weeds Awareness and the Public Art Funds. The free puppet show will be performed at a number of schools around the capital, but will also be open to the public at local libraries, community centres, and the Wellington Museum.

Anna Bailey with her puppet characters from The Tree Friends. PHOTO: Supplied

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