Bulb planting will provide future memories

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Ground work. . . Gore District Council gardener Shubham Solanki helps Mataura School pupil Avery Brannigan (8) plant a daffodil bulb. Waiting for their turn are Carl McDougall (left ) and Taylar Maw (both 9). PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Mataura School pupils helped plant daffodil bulbs along the town’s Main St on Wednesday.

The community project was part of the school’s Graeme Dingle Foundation Kiwi Can programme.

Gore District Council gardening staff helped dig holes for the bulbs.

The programme has been run at the school since 2009.

Southland’s Kiwi Can co-ordinator, Jennifer Jacques, said the community project helped put into practice the values the children were learning during the programme.

“This term in Kiwi Can tamariki are learning about integrity and being good role models.”

Giving back to the community was a way to strengthen the school and community connection, she said.

“It is an opportunity for students to contribute in a positive way to their community and put Kiwi Can values into practice as part of a bigger picture.”

In the spring, the children would be able to see the fruit of their labour.

“They will be able to see the daffodils come up and they can share it with their family and it is just a memory for years to come.”

School principal Susan Dennison said she understood bulbs were first planted in Main St in about 2002.

“I love that we can continue a legacy that will continue to give us many smiles and warm feelings as we drive past them in the next 50 years.

“They really are beautiful when they bloom.”

There was one red tulip planted among the daffodils, Mrs Dennison said.

“I always wait for it to pop out.”

Pupils Avery Brannigan and Kingston Hamilton said they thought it was a good idea to plant daffodils.

“It helps people relax and helps people feel happier,” Avery said.

“We need to grow more flowers than trees in Mataura,” Kingston said.

Twelve hundred bulbs were planted.

Council parks and recreation manager, Keith McRobie, said he was really impressed with the effort from the “engaged and well-mannered children”.

“The parks team are always keen to get school and community help with planting work,” he said.