Nurs­ery on move

Card­board milk car­tons needed

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The Na­tive Tree Nurs­ery, which has been used to grow trees for the Maara Roa restora­tion project and school plant­ings, is be­ing re-es­tab­lished at Aotea Col­lege.

The col­lege has pro­vided a roomy fenced-off area with a shade house, a large shed and gar­den beds al­ready in use by stu­dents, says Friends of Maara Roa spokesper­son Sylvia Jenkin.

The nurs­ery had been at Porirua Col­lege since 2002, un­der the man­age­ment of Neil and Juliet Belling­ham.

With help from the Friends of Maara Roa vol­un­teers, it grew up to 5000 trees an­nu­ally, she says.

‘‘Sup­port is pro­vided by Trees for Sur­vival, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which spon­sors a plant grow­ing unit at schools for de­vel­op­ing seedlings,’’ says Ms Jenkin.

‘‘ Re­de­vel­op­ment at Porirua Col­lege pre­cip­i­tated a move for the nurs­ery and Friends of Maara Roa are thank­ful Aotea Col­lege has a suit­able space and is keen to host the nurs­ery.’’

‘‘Re­cy­cled milk car­tons (card­board ones) are trimmed and used as plant pots, and the nurs­ery ur­gently needs more of these.’’

Readers who would like to help, please rinse and dry used milk car­tons and take them to Aotea Col­lege nurs­ery on Thurs­day morn­ings or to Glen­view School’s Maara Roa work­shop on the sec­ond Satur­day morn­ing month.

Web­site: Maararoa.org.nz.

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Room to grow: The new Na­tive Tree Nurs­ery area at Aotea Col­lege.

Milk­ing it: Cleaned out, cut-up card­board milk bot­tle car­tons make for use­ful plant pots. The nurs­ery des­per­ately needs more do­nated.

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