Pupils plant trees beside estuary

Creating a habitat for herons and spoonbills

HAMISH CARDWELL
Last updated 16:00 04/09/2012
Ayla Hough
EMMA ALLEN

Planting memories: Havelock School pupils Ayla Hough, 12, left, and Elliot Swantson, 5, plant trees on the Barnicoat Heritage Trail.

Kayla Aston-Butterfield
EMMA ALLEN
Green fingers: Kayla Aston-Butterfield, 11, left, and Aroha Ward, 7, spend a sunny morning planting trees by the Kaituna Estuary.

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Havelock School pupils turned out in force to get their hands dirty planting native trees along the Barnicoat Heritage Trail on Friday.

The school spent the morning planting about 400 native trees along the Kaituna Estuary as part of a Conservation Week module.

The trees, including akeake and coprosma, were donated by the Conservation Department and the Marlborough District Council.

Havelock School principal Ernie Buutveld said the area was "a magic spot" and a habitat for white herons and spoonbills.

"[The children] will remember this forever, it will become part of their history," said Mr Buutveld.

Pupil Ayla Hough, 12, said getting outside to plant the trees was "better than being in school".

Her planting partner Elliot Swantson, 5, "likes playing with the worms", Ayla said.

Marlborough District Council reserves officer Robin Dunn said the pathway stops near the Shark Nett Gallery, but it is planned for it to connect with the Cullen Point loop track.

The project is part of the Link Pathway plan to establish a continuous pathway between Havelock and Picton.

"To be able to connect [the two Sounds] by foot and bike for visitors will be fantastic," he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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