Colville school plants 200 trees

A winters day did not deter the students of Colville School from planting 200 native trees at Waikawau Bay in our ‘Children’s Forest’ during July.

The tree planting day has been an annual event since 2007 and is organised by Moehau Environment Group. The trees were donated by the Waikato Regional Council and included a mix of cabbage trees, flax, kowhai, corprosma’s and manuka. “We try and pick hardy trees that can handle the coastal environment, and species that will provide food for the birds. The main purpose of the day is to engage children in hands-on conservation. Of course, it will also benefit biodiversity in the area, and speed up the natural process of forest regeneration,” said MEG coordinator Natalie Collicott.

The children enjoyed getting out of the class room and getting their hands dirty. “The day was fantidliastic and I learnt stuff that I never knew like Osmocote, which are little green balls but can be yellow, clear or blue. They help with the roots and plants,” said student Riley Novis.

“The day was hard work and the trees we planted were beautiful,” said student Zoe Mackenzie

“It’s always a pleasure working with Colville school. The children have such enthusiasm and are really knowledgeable about their environment. The day was a total success with every tree finding a home and every child getting dirty hands,” said Mrs Collicott. We look forward to next year!

Article by Claire Fitzjames