Hill planting ticks all learning boxes

EMMA HORSLEY
Last updated 12:00 30/10/2012
Bainesse School
WARWICK SMITH/Fairfax NZ
HILL IS ALIVE: Children from Bainesse School are all geared up to plant natives on a hill at the school.

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A regional council community grant will help Bainesse School students learn a lot more than how to plant a tree.

The Manawatu school, one of 11 recipients of a Horizons Regional Council community grant, will use the $2000 to plant natives on a steep bank on its property.

Teacher and rural science facilitator Liz Carroll said the hill planting was part of a suite of things the school was doing to teach the students about environmental issues. "And we want to be able to extend it further so they can learn about maths and English and other subjects through it too."

The students are looking after chickens, a worm farm, planting vegetable and herb gardens and recycling as much as they can.

With the grant, they want to get rid of the berry bushes and tradescantia that had smothered the bank and replace them with natives, fruit trees and a walkway running through the area.

Miss Carroll said the natives would be planted next year and the school was still planning what it wanted to do with the bank.

"It's fantastic to have been given this money and I know we can do a lot with it, but there is a lot of work to do in the meantime."

She said the students were excited about the project and were looking forward to seeing the changes.

"Many of them will have left the school by the time the natives start getting big enough to make a difference but they will have been part of it all and that's very important."

This was the second round of grants from Horizons. A total of $20,000 was up for grabs, with the council receiving requests collectively worth more than $133,000.

Eight of the 11 recipients were schools. Kimbolton School (Manawatu), West End School (Palmerston North), Taihape Area School (Rangitikei), Pahiatua School (Tararua), Apiti School (Manawatu), Ngamatea School and Castlecliff School (Whanganui) also received money.

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