Students at North Otago’s Weston School joined forces to plant 190 native trees on Tuesday, which will help to both restore their environment and attract native birds to their semi-rural school grounds.
Weston School is one of seven groups across New Zealand increasing their conservation efforts, as winners of native trees from Trees That Count Matariki competition.
The natives will replace trees recently cut down, help absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, and entice more tui and bellbird into the area. The whole school was involved with the planting day and will help to care for the trees.
“Weston School is committed to sustainability and have already undertaken a number of initiatives such as building a skink garden, raising money for Kiwis for kiwi and embedding environmental education into their school philosophy. The school was an incredibly worthy winner of trees, and we can’t wait to see how these will transform their environment,” adds Tanya.
Teacher Jenny Kitchen, who helped submit the winning entry, says the school actively promote conservation values and activities amongst their students.
“Our kids are hoping that by planting these natives we’ll be able to attract more native birds to the school grounds. We’re so grateful for the support from Trees That Count to help us restore an area of the school with trees, and our community and kids who all mucked in to plant them!”