There has been significant growth in the number of community groups and schools becoming involved in environmental protection programmes with 45 landcare groups operating in the Waikato. One important source of funding was the Waikato River Authority which has provided $147,000 to Trees for Survival to fund additional schools.
The Waikato Regional Council says nearly half of Waikato schools are now involved in the Enviroschools programme, which has seen steady growth and many of those are now also TfS schools.
Andrea Soanes, Schools Programme Coordinator, Waikato Regional Council, says, “Positive responses to a recent call for schools and communities interested in being actively involved in utilising TfS PGUs are being processed.”
Reporting on progress to date, Andrea records a comment received from Horotiu School, an existing programme participant, “We have learnt heaps about plants so far and about our environment. We have learnt new vocab, plant and horticulture skills. We practised maths as we carried out our stock-take. We also honed our co-operative/collaborative social skills. We are very excited about the future and what we will be doing with our Plant Growing Unit this year.”
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