The Pukekohe East Primary School Trees for Survival Planting Day 2012 took place at Needham Road, Drury on the 7th September.
Thirty-one pupils had assistance from 6 parents, a grandparent, Principal Merrillees Nicholls, a representative of Auckland Council, a TfS Field Officer and AC Planting Day Coordinator Sue Crawshay as well as the Landowners Penny and Malcolm Beal.
The site was a wetland and the children did well with the boggy land, planting a total of over 400 stems. The mix included cabbage tree, flax, manuka and karamu that the children had raised from the tiniest of seedlings.
On the day the pupils were able to see the healthy and established seedlings which were planted last year and see just how quickly projects like this can help restore at risk land. The children showed a sound knowledge on subjects like erosion and biodiversity and had an excellent understanding of the value of revegetation planting.
The class rated it as “the best Friday ever” and proposed a vote of thanks to NZ Steel whose support is ensuring that the Trees for Survival programme has become well established at the school and by working together with the school therestoration project can take place.