Knapdale School pupils put down new roots last Wednesday.
Tree planting was one of the activities they took part in for the school’s enviroday, along with tidying the school orchard, making bird feeders and painting rocks.
The Hokonui runanga supplied the school with 362 plants for the enviroday.
Runanga member Rodney Trainor said the retail cost of the plants, which included manuka, mingimingi, pittosporum, and lancewood, would have prevented the school from getting them.
“You’d never buy it. Your budget can’t afford it,” Mr Trainor said.
The runanga was pleased to support the community in this way.
Teacher Melanie Daignult said the focus of the year was stewardship, or kaitiakitanga.
The pupils were enjoying the hands-on day.
“Watching [the] kids work together, they’re so engaged and so keen,” Mrs Daignult said.
The day continued the emphasis on being environmentally friendly.
“We’ve been part of the enviroschool programme for three years.”
“We’re a waste-free school. Kids take their rubbish home.”
School chickens were cared for by pupils and next year they hoped to install a beehive, she said.
They waited until the weather was good enough to spend the day outside and finished the day with a sausage sizzle for the school community.
Pupil Josh Thompson said his favorite activity of the day was either tree planting or rock painting.
Trees were important for a healthy climate.
“Planting new trees means there’s more oxygen. Every bit helps,” Josh said.