Pupils dig in for Ar­bor Day

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De­spite the cold winds the stu­dents and staff of Sherwood School were keen to roll up their sleeves and put on their gum­boots to par­tic­i­pate in Ar­bour Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Nine na­tive trees were do­nated to Sherwood School due to the school par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Paper4trees car­bon re­duc­tion pro­gramme. The school was re­warded with the trees for recycling pa­per and card­board through­out 2017.

School prin­ci­pal Chris­tine Mor­ri­son said she was pleased to see the stu­dents so en­thu­si­as­tic about the plant­ing day.

“Sherwood School is very ac­tive in sev­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grammes and it is re­ward­ing to see the stu­dents so en­gaged to­day,” she said.

“At school we have chick­ens, a worm farm, a shade­house and we are ac­tively in­volved in car­ing for A’Deane’s Bush. Sherwood School stu­dents are learn­ing about sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues as part of what goes on around here.”

Visi­tors Lisa Har­ri­son and Harry Robin­son from Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil were in­vited to join the plant­ing day as the coun­cil is a spon­sor of the Paper4trees pro­gramme.

Lisa Har­ri­son, or­gan­i­sa­tion trans­for­ma­tion lead at CHB District Coun­cil, said she was thrilled to be in­vited to the event.

“Paper4trees is such a great grass-roots pro­gramme,” she said, “Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil has been in­volved since 2011 and is proud to spon­sor such a pos­i­tive pro­gramme.”

Sherwood School’s youngest student, 5-yearold Avah Hayes of Waipuku­rau was on hand to help plant the first tree. “I can watch my tree grow when I come to school,” said Avah, “And when I am a grown up I can come back and visit it.”

Avah with Eva Ped­er­sen, 6, get­ting their hands dirty.

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