Kids keen to plant de­spite bad weather

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA SMITH

Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent Last month 70 vol­un­teers from Ku­ranui School and the wider Oko­roire com­mu­nity planted 600 trees along the Waiomou river­bank as part of their En­viro school pro­ject.

The 12 species of na­tives planted will re­duce ero­sion and keep the wa­ter­ways clean and clear of pol­lu­tion. En­vi­ron­ment Waikato granted $2000 worth of plants.

Al­though the con­di­tions were hor­ri­ble the day went well and the kids were thrilled with the part they played, room five teacher Jenny Cle­ments said.

‘‘The day was fan­tas­tic. All morn­ing it rained, it was will we or won’t we. Then we looked at the kids; they were to­tally wrapped up in all the old farm gear they could find. They were ea­ger to get out there, so we went for it.’’

Dar­ryl Good­win, owner of Oko­roire Ex­ca­va­tors, spent three days clear­ing the area be­fore the school could get un­der way with the re-plant­ing.

The Waiomou Stream had many things caus­ing pol­lu­tion. Mrs Cle­ments said the re­plant­ing was an is­sue that couldn’t be left any longer. ‘‘The area was cov­ered in black­berry, ev­ery­thing was over­grown and boggy. We took the kids down to the stream be­fore the clear­ing be­cause we didn’t want the kids think­ing they were just re­plant­ing, we wanted them to see why.’’

Room five stu­dent Tian said the school will closely mon­i­tor the plants with se­niors weed­ing reg­u­larly. En­vi­ron­ment Waikato will do­nate a fur­ther 200 plants ev­ery year un­til the river­bank is full.

DIG­GING DEEP: Ku­ranui School chil­dren get stuck into plant­ing.

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