Team plant­ing works

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news - By JA­SON HOW­ELLS Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent

Stu­dents from Mata­mata Pri­mary School and St Joseph’s Catholic School got their hands dirty in Mata­mata’s Fur­ness Re­serve last week, plant­ing trees for Ar­bor Day.

Mata­mata Pri­mary School’s Brian Priest brought his group of year one to year six stu­dents from the schools en­viro team who do land­scap­ing, com­post­ing, rub­bish du­ties and re­cy­cling at their school.

‘‘It’s good to give the chil­dren own­er­ship of their plants; it will leave a last- ing im­pres­sion,’’ Priest.

St Joseph’s Catholic School prin­ci­pal Paul Keogh brought two classes of year one to year seven stu­dents for the day.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to sup­port com­mu­nity events and chil­dren will also learn to take good care of the en­vi­ron­ment,’’ said Mr Keogh.

The two schools planted 410 plants, from flaxes, to es­tel­lias, to rose­marys.

‘‘We se­lected a mix­ture of na­tives and non-na­tives,’’ said Kaimai Val­ley Ser­vices and Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil staff mem­ber Bryan Turner.

The schools have planted

said Mr coun­cil-spon­sored trees in the re­serve as part of Ar­bor Day for five years.

‘‘ It’s good to see cor­ners fi­nally fill­ing said Mr Turner.

Ar­bor Day be­gan in the United States when the first Ne­braska colony started get­ting schools to plant trees in the 1870s in the deserts, cre­at­ing wood for houses and to break the strong winds which swept through the state.

Mayor Hugh Ver­coe, who opened the plant­ing, said the schools back then made the dif­fer­ence.

‘‘ That’s why we in­vite schools to plant in Mata­mata,’’ he said. the up,’’

A team of St Joseph stu­dents get to work in the gar­den, plant­ing trees for Ar­bor Day.

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