Native Riparian Planting
During the last week of term, our school farm had a section of stream fenced off and planted out with native plants. Year 13 Demetrio Cooper managed to secure funding from Fonterra for this project. As a committed member of our school Enviro group, Demetrio has worked hard to ensure this project was a success. "Earlier in the year, I sourced $2500 from Fonterra through the Hapori Community Programme. Then we had Mark from NZRiparian, a local company based in EketƖhuna look at our planting site and share his knowledge, showing us how we could make a positive impact on the environment for now and the future. This project is aimed at improving the water quality, reducing erosion and increasing native wildlife. Overall, we planted over 250 native plants. With the help of a Year 10 Agriculture class and the Enviro Group, we planted the majority of the trees in one session. Eve Robin, Ms McKinlay, Mark Watson and Ms Doidge, finished off the planting after school." - Demetrio Cooper The Year 10 Agriculture class came out and helped to plant during their class. They learnt how to dig appropriate holes for the plants and apply fertiliser and water crystals to give the plants a great start. Mark Watson from NZRiparian who supplied the natives, donated his time to come and teach the students on site. This project is one of many that the Enviro group are working on around the school. The staff and students wish to thank Fonterra and the Hapori Community Programme for funding this project. It was a valuable learning experience for our students and an even better outcome for our environment.