Plant initiative will help purify stream

19:31, Nov 28 2012
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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.

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