Karapiro kids on green mission

Alex Goodwin (front), Ollie Howard (left) and Obi Nelson hard at work planting trees grown in the Karapiro School nursery.

25 Year 3 students from Karapiro School headed along to Nick and Michelle Rolley’s farm on Luck At Last Rd on September 25 for a very special mission.

The students were there to help with the riparian planting of 317 trees that students of the country school have grown in their Trees for Survival nursery.

Trees for Survival links to the Beef and Lamb New Zealand Environment Strategy 2018-22 which promotes cleaner water, carbon neutrality, thriving biodiversity and healthy and productive soils.

Principal Tina-Maree Thatcher said the students enjoyed the learning opportunity to follow the trees through the process of seedlings to their new home on the farm and this was third year of planting at the Rolleys’ farm.

“Karapiro School enjoys a strong connection to its rural roots and we are grateful to our supporters for making this learning experience happen,” she said.

“Our students were able to work with 14 different species of plants and to learn about what plants and trees need over their life cycle to survive.

“A key aspect of this learning is respect for the natural environment and participation is building a sustainable community.”

Lachlan Findlay and Jack Hay helping out with the riparian planting beside the stream.

The project is sponsored by Winstone Aggregates and the participating farm. Karapiro School also linked the project with their Enviroschools work and were supported on the day by local facilitator Alex Daniel. Parent Helen Lea was also involved, managing the nursery and working closely with school staff and students throughout the project.

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