Sowing a seed . . . Mataura school pupil Corbin Walker-Eru (7) helps plant daffodil bulbs last Wednesday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

Mataura School pupils planted 1200 daffodil bulbs as a way of giving back to the community last week.

The daffodil planting day was arranged by Graeme Dingle Foundation Southland, as part of the Kiwi Can programme, Gore District Council (GDC) and Mataura School.

Kiwi Can co-ordinator Jen Jacques said that the project came about following discussions with Mataura School on how they could help out in the community.

“There had been a few requests from throughout the community asking if the daffodils could be planted.

“So we thought it would be a great way for the kids to give back.”

The day was a success and ran smoothly, she said.

“The kids were very focused and enthusiastic.

“Students got a lot out of it and the best thing about it was that everyone took part.”

The daffodils were planted on Main St.

About 120 pupils participated.

“The kids came to the site in groups and worked within half-hour slots and they planted 10 bulbs each.”

The community project ran from 9am until 12pm.

On site to help inform and support the children were John Ave and four other council staff from the GDC Parks and Reserves team.

“The council members were great. They were hands-on and provided a lot of information and support for the kids.”

Kiwi Can leaders Ruth Prattley and Bella Phillips who ran programmes weekly at Mataura School were also there on the day.