Lake edge planted
Twenty-one year five and six students from Matamata Christian School spent a day getting their hands dirty when they planted native trees near Okoroire Lake last week.
Armed with spades, garden forks and a lot of plants, the students planted 100 trees including kauri, matai and totara along a 30m fence around the lake.
Sustainable Coastlines co-founder James Bailey told the children the lake ran off Waihou River and by planting the trees they would help block effluent waste from the waterways which meant they could swim in the river without worrying about chemicals.
The children enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the classroom and do something for the community.
Mr Bailey said he was impressed with the children’s effort.
The tree planting exercise was part of Matamata Christian School’s plan to teach children to be environmentally friendly and to help support community-based projects around their region.