School fundraises from tree planting

19:47, Apr 09 2014
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DIGGING FOR GOLD: Beaconsfield Primary School pupils practice their digging before the first stage of tree planting on the weekend. From left are Robertson Stewart, 6, George Dale, 5, and Eva Robertson.

Beaconsfield Primary School has branched out into a whole new sphere of fundraising.

This Sunday, pupils do phase one of three weekends of planting, in which about 7000 native trees will be planted along the waterways of a Pareora dairy farm, to prevent leaching into the water.

PTA member Ali Chaffey said the school will receive 70 cents for each tree planted, which is a fundraising project she said other schools could consider.

"We just thought it was a really good way for the school to get involved and make money."

She said plaques had been made to acknowledge who the trees were planted by. Anyone willing to help plant the native trees was welcome to join in.

For the planting alone, the school will receive just under $5000. The farm will give a $1000 bonus if planting is completed by a certain date, Chaffey said.


The Timaru Herald