Poetry celebrates importance of the Taylor River

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Poetry celebrates importance of the Taylor River

Grovetown School poets Anna Love and Lily Holdaway

Young writers from two local schools now have their prose etched in stone on the Taylor River Writers’ Walk.

Children from Grovetown School and Richmond View School had their poetry unveiled recently, continuing a tradition to draw attention to the environmental importance of urban waterways, in particular the Taylor River.

The Taylor River Writers' Walk is a partnership project between Blenheim’s schools and the Council. Monumental mason Geoffrey T Sowman Ltd is the project sponsor, supplying the granite panels and engraving.

“This writers’ walk has become a cultural asset for the community. As far as we know there are only three Writers’ Walks in New Zealand,” said Cathee Wilks from Springlands School.

Wellington has one along its waterfront with quotations from some of New Zealand’s best-known writers, Katikati has the Haiku Pathway and Marlborough has the Taylor River Writers’ Walk. “Ours is unique as it was created by a group of motivated primary school students passionate about their environment,” said Cathee.

The initiative began with Springlands School in 2010 where students were examining the state of the Taylor River as part of the science curriculum. With the Council’s help, a student’s poem about the river was engraved on a granite plaque and mounted on a riverside rock, beginning the Writers' Walk.

This has been added to each year since with other Marlborough schools contributing their original work celebrating the importance of the river. Any Marlborough school that has completed a local waterways study may submit poetry or prose for the Writers' Walk.

For more information go to the Taylor River Writers' Walk page on this website

Richmond View School poet Alora Crosby with Barry Holmwood (left) and Alistair Sowman (right), with two Springlands School speakers