Lake edge planted

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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