Team planting works
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.