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Passionate high school teacher having a positive influence on the next generation

Des Waters, Head of Biology at Palmerston North Boys High School, is passionate about sustainability and making the next generation environmentally aware.

Des ran an official planting day for his students, where they learnt about the importance of stabilising banks and how doing so prevents erosion and enhances water quality. Time was also taken to talk through the different types of natives and how they grow. Some boys had never planted a tree before, so it was a special experience.

Through Trees That Count’s marketplace, Des was granted 100 trees to complete this project. Alongside this donation, 300 flax bushes were also planted thanks to Des’ personal contribution, ensuring each student could participate.

Des’ passion for the environment is admirable and we can all take a leaf out of his book.