Young environmentalists go native

by NZ CATHOLIC staff
RICHMOND — Catholic pupils turned out ready to work on Sunday June 10 in the Tasman District.
St Paul’s Catholic School had a working bee to plant out more than 300 native plants as the first part of a project to develop a native corridor to link with an existing Salisbury Schools reforestation project.

St Paul's Catholic School pupil Adam Hillis hard at work during the working bee.

Initially the school’s environment team worked with Adie Leng from the Tasman District Council to put together a proposal to getting funding from the Kids Restore environmental trust. However, when that application was unsuccessful the Friends of Saint Paul’s fundraising group donated $1000, and the council $100, to buy native plants.
Georgina Pahl from Mainly Natives came on board as the expert adviser and plant provider.
The work of clearing, digging and planting was completed within an hour by more than 100 of the school’s community, including a large group of children. The children will water the plants, and Wood Products has been approached to donate bark to keep the plants moist during the dry summer months.

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