School frontage transformed

Last updated 12:00 21/04/2014
Bainesse School

STEEP LEARNING CURVE: Bainesse School pupils have developed a native plant area on a steep bank outside the front of their school

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Green-fingered pupils from a Manawatu primary school have transformed the school's frontage through plantings.

Bainesse School pupils have developed a native plant area on a steep bank outside the front of their school.

The bank was overtaken with weeds, but students have since cleared the area and sowed more than 300 seedlings for kowhai, cabbage and flax trees to grow.

Next term the school is planning a working bee to edge the path that goes through the plants, as well as putting lime on the path and developing a picnic area.

Rural science teacher Liz Carroll said the area and the project had became a source of learning for students.

"We tasked the students with researching what type of native plants would bring in birds and insects," she said.

Because pupils picked and planted the native shrubs themselves, with the help of parents and Horizons Regional Council staff, the students developed a sense of ownership with the project, Carroll said.

"A couple of our senior students have taken it upon themselves to look after the plants."

Horizons Regional Council biodiversity co-ordinator Aaron Madden said the pupils had learned a lot.

"The bank consists of a lot of sand and I told the students in order to make sure water gets to the plants, to create a dish up hill of the plant so water sits in there," he said.

"I've been impressed to come back and see nearly everything has survived and they've been creating these dishes."

Bainesse School received a community grant worth more than $1100 from Horizons.

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- Manawatu Standard

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