Kids keen to plant despite bad weather
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.