Planting at Raumati South School

The Branch’s latest venture is a partnership with Raumati South Primary School for the planting of a large number of native species in the school grounds.
An approach to the Branch committee by School Principal Graham McDonald for advice and guidance led to the Branch becoming involved in the landscaping project.

Three main areas are being planted. These include:

  • An extensive slope behind the rear classroom block.
  • A narrow sloping area between the top playing field and the western boundary fence.
  • A short, steep slope by the school swimming pool.

Before planting could begin on the rear classroom area, a number of exotic trees - mainly Eucalyptus spp. were felled and removed by a parental working bee.
Planting was then carried out  by staff and pupils, with each classroom having a defined area of work.

Advice and assistance was provided by F&B’s Graham Petterson and mulch for the planting was donated by Mike Cardiff, KCDC.

Philips Lighting donated nearly $1500 towards the cost of the trees, as the company has an agreement with Forest & Bird to support this type of project.

The Branch has also made a grant of up to $2000 towards what could prove to be a most exciting local development.

John McLachlan, Diane Turner and David Gregorie

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