Strong TfS activity in Wellington

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Arbor Day in Wellington and Porirua were well-supported by TfS. The students from the Learning Support Centre at Newlands College planted 141 trees, including 26 rata trees, in the “northern rata forest” being planted on the hillside overlooking their school. The Learning Support Centre has been planting with TfS for many years, and the students are accomplished planters. Peter Gilberd, TfS Wellington Regional Manager, was “really impressed by the students’ commitment to the task, the ability with which they carried it out, their concern for others, and their sense of humour.”

Serious business - Peter and April consider their next move in planting a tarata

Job well done - Marc from the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson and Finlay plant a sizeable northern rata

The Head of Learning Support, Merete Spencer, has incorporated TfS activity in the curriculum for many years, but is retiring shortly and will be a real loss to the College. Nonetheless, TfS will continue its strong association as Newlands has arranged for Anna Stewart to take over the liaison role.

TfS also supported a planting of 335 specimens at nearby Bellevue School, with parents and students pitching in under the direction of teacher, Maria Church. And Russell School in Porirua benefited from a donation of 68 trees from the TfS nursery and help with planting. This work in Porirua was a collaboration between the school, Greater Wellington Regional Council, NZ Forest and Bird, and TfS.

All ages participate in planting at Russell School

















Two schools in the region, Pirinoa School in the Wairarapa, and Glenview School in Porirua, have just received 3m PGUs, which is a great step forward for activity in the region.

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