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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

[Edition datE] 24

[Edition datE] 24 Wednesday December 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Backyard Critters SUMMER FUN Lincoln Christmas Twilight Market The Annual Lincoln Christmas Twilight Market is always a great way to start off the holiday season. Held on Thursday, 21st December between 4-7pm it has something for the whole family to enjoy. Stalls bedecked with Christmas décor, lots of seasonal themed activities, a dance display and a visit from Santa between 4-6 p.m. before he heads to the North Pole. Singers from the Selwyn Community Choir & Youth Choir will fill the air with song from 5.30 p.m. creating the perfect atmosphere for Christmas shopping. The diverse range of craft stalls are sure to tempt you with their wonderful array of all locally made handcrafted gifts including everything from clothing, Christmas themed gifts, pottery, art, cards, beautiful jewellery, wooden gifts and soft toys. The market also provides a great opportunity to stock up on fresh local produce to feast upon over the Christmas break. There’s some great food to be had, such as Emilio cheeses, Elmwood organic meats, Christmas cookies, pastries, artisan breads, preserves, fudges, wine, fresh fruit & vegetables not forgetting colourful flowers and plants with which to decorate your home during the festive season. The Lincoln market is open on Saturday 23rd December for those last minute purchases re-opening on Saturday 6th January. Lincoln Farmers’ & Craft Market CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKET Thursday 21st December 4-7pm Enemy of the apple tree Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us I WAS alarmed last month when I noticed many white furry growth patches over my apple tree. These cottonwool-like patches were produced by the woolly apple aphid, eriosoma lanigerum. The waxy, cottonwoollike substance is a secretion produced by the aphid to protect it from natural enemies, the weather and the sticky honeydew it also excretes. These 2mm long, red to purple-coloured aphids PEST: The waxy, cottonwool-like substance is a secretion produced by an aphid to protect it from natural enemies. (Inset) – The 2mm long, red to purple-coloured aphids. are found in large knots, pruning scars on branches or trunks, and the roots of apple trees. It is a native to North America, where elm is its primary host, but it is now a worldwide pest in apples. In New Zealand, it is the only aphid of economic importance on apples. Like other aphids, this species sucks sap for nutrition that can result in stunted plant growth or even death. The good news is, a small wasp parasite – also introduced from North America – can help control the aphid. The presence of the parasite in an aphid population can be confirmed by the circular exit holes in the top of the aphid hosts. Lots of Festive stalls & activities Visit from Santa (4-6pm) & Santa Post box, Christmas Music by the Selwyn Community & Youth Choirs From 5.30pm. EXQUISITE HANDCRAFTED GIFTS & CRAFTS, SWEET & SAVOURY TREATS, AND ARTISAN BAKING AWARD WINNING PRODUCE, FLOWERS AND PLANTS See www.facebook.com/lincolnmarket Market only closed Sat 30th Dec Breaking news, delivered to your pocket. RAMP RACE DERBY & REMEMBRANCE CHAMPS BOXING DAY 6PM START Visit www.star.kiwi anytime, anywhere! ADULTS $20 Seniors $10 FAMILY PASS $40 Children $5 Under 5yrs free (2 adults & up to 4 children 14yrs & under) DOUBLEDAYS ROAD KAIAPOI INFOLINE 03 364 8833 WWW.WOODFORDGLEN.CO.NZ Fire rages, homes at risk •news •CTV •sport •districts •schools •lifestyle •opinion •what’s on www.star.kiwi

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday December 20 2017 25 A Star Media Event Star Media Sunday 18 March 2018 #areyouupforit? 14km, 6km Community Fun Run Event Entries NOW OPEN $20 Early bird tickets available from www.city2surf.co.nz