Trees for Survival

June 07, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Over the last three terms, the Senior School ‘Gardening Gurus’ at the Boys’ School, along with some help from keen Year 6 students, have been ‘root training’ and ‘potting-on’ over 800 young native seedlings. Mahunga, Flax, Cabbage Trees, Manuka and Kanuka are the first species to naturally seed and grow when land is being reclaimed back to bush, so it was a natural choice for our Trees for Survival team to propagate and harvest a variety of these trees.

As part of the school’s Trees for Survival tradition, a large group of eager Year 6 boys were sent out to plant our young seedlings, to make a difference to the environment. This year, the boys planted around a stream on a farm that flows on to supply water to many farms in the Matakana area. The trees that the boys planted will eventually grow to provide a good environment for birds and insects, stop erosion on the river bed, improve soil quality and the infiltration of rain water into the stream.

The day was arranged by a number of people working behind the scenes. Sue Crayshaw and Frankie Holland from the Auckland City Council co-ordinated the day of planting, Peter Nelson, an old boy of Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and current Roselle Foundation member, took charge of a hot barbecue cooking sausages for our hungry workers, while David Jones from the Parnell Rotary Club was behind a spade, with three other members, giving the group a hand. Before long, all the trees were in the ground and the stream was looking well and truly planted out and ready for a major change.

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