Grant helps school tree plan

MORE TREES PLEASE: Ahititi School children are now able to further grow their garden because of a $2000 donation.
MORE TREES PLEASE: Ahititi School children are now able to further grow their garden because of a $2000 donation.

Ahititi School is seeing its dream garden come to fruition thanks to a generous grant.

The school received a $2000 grant from the Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands to help with its gardening plans, such as buying trees to attract native birds, bird feed, and also "bee-friendly" trees.

Principal Chris Richardson said the school was "really pleased" with the grant which would help further add to the school's orchard, which includes nashis, plums and apples.

MORE TREES PLEASE: Ahititi School children are now able to further grow their garden because of a $2000 donation.
MORE TREES PLEASE: Ahititi School children are now able to further grow their garden because of a $2000 donation.

Richardson said the school has not been "troubled by possums", which was a bonus.

The school used to have a glass house but it was never replaced after it was taken out by a "horrible storm," Richardson said.

About 58 schools applied for a $2000 grant and Ahititi was one of 10 rural schools chosen as recipients.

Rural Women national president Wendy McGowan said there was a focus in schools on children learning the value of eating fresh food along with gaining an understanding of where it has come from.

"We're very pleased to be able to support this, especially as we celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming," McGowan said.

Each school also received a copy of A Good Harvest - Recipes from the gardens of Rural Women New Zealand to help them cook up a storm.

Taranaki Daily News