Plant initiative will help purify stream

Pupils from Spotswood college do some riparian planting near the school.
Pupils from Spotswood college do some riparian planting near the school.

Spotswood College's stream is now safe from the school cows.

Yesterday, 25 year 9 horticulture students planted more than 30 miniature flax plants to help purify the Mangaotuku Stream.

The first stage of the protection plan was a fence being built around the stream to keep the school's 13 drystock out.

The college has a section at the back of the sports fields with a pine plantation where drystock has been used over the years to manage the land and generate school funding.

But Horticulture teacher Tony Peters says the cows presence has a negative side effect in that their effluent affects the purity of the stream for fish and other users.

"This is a starting point today and ultimately we would like to see the whole area planted with natives," he said.

The project is part of a council-funded initiative that hopes to establish riparian planting throughout Taranaki. The plants were free thanks to a "Paper for Trees" campaign that swaps plants for recycled paper.

Taranaki Daily News