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Published: 2006-03-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato councillors today voted to grant Te Puru School $3000 for its Trees for Survival project.
The money will come from council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

Te Puru School, located on the Thames Coast, plans to set up a plant growing unit and get students involved in collecting seeds and caring for plants.

The plants will be used in restoration projects, identified with Environment Waikato’s help.

Te Puru School principal Sean Moore said his students would benefit by seeing bland areas that had been logged or milled filling with native trees.

“They’ll be involved in the whole process, from planting to pruning later on.”

Council’s Environment Committee Chairman Paula Southgate said councillors were delighted to be able to help with the project.

“Environment Waikato is involved in a number of restoration projects in the Thames-Coromandel area and it’s fantastic to see local school students getting involved,” she said.

“The trees they plant will help to prevent soil erosion, improve water quality and increase biodiversity – so their efforts will make a real difference, both now and in the future.

“We commend the school for its active interest in environmental issues.”

Trees for Survival is a charitable trust operating throughout New Zealand.