Pupils dig in for Arbor Day
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.