TfS goes to the island

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The launch of Waiheke Primary School into the TfS programme has been a great team effort. The backing of Greg Davenport, President, Rotary Club of Waiheke and the enthusiastic support of Margaret Hewitt, the club’s Youth Affairs rep helped get their programme underway. Dawn Marie Braithwaite and former TfS teacher Sue did a wonderful job growing on approximately 500 seedlings, donated by Ivan and Rahaan Kitson of Waiheke Native Plants, ready for planting this year.

Late last term, with first planned planting day postponed due to weather, Sue Crawshay, Auckland Council’s TfS Planting Day Coordinator, and Dianne Patterson, TfS Field Officer Auckland South met teacher Sarah Hough and her Year 7 & 8 pupils at the school. With about 1000 seedling donated by the Kitsons, Sue led a session demonstrating the techniques of pricking out and potting on the 2 cm high seedlings. About 700 mahoe (whiteywood) and kanuka were pricked out into root trainers and some pseudopanax were potted on.

The planting day was reconvened a week later at 402 Orapiu Road. Dianne reports, “The school children can be so proud of the seedlings they raised in their first year – they were looking so healthy, despite having to hand water them pending a permanent site being finalised for the school’s PGU”.

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