April 3rd, 2016, saw 8 International Baccalaureate students from St.Peters' School shifting sawdust mulch from a stockpile to locations around plants that the Tree Trust had planted a couple of years before.
They worked very well indeed, and shifted the entire stockpile, about 3 truckloads, in 3 hours including a morning tea break. They worked in the rain, during some heavy showers (they had wet weather gear) and never turned a hair, wet or dry.
Leamington Primary School is on the southern side of the town opposite the Green Belt, and therefore gets the full force of the southerly winds. There are some trees for shelter, and this project aims to thicken the plantings into decent cover. There are pathways under construction, and plans for another outdoor teaching area. Here are the children, their teachers and their parents hard at work.
This path was installed by the developer of the nearby St. Kilda subdivision. Its primary purpose is to provide a walking and cycling track for pupils of Cambridge High School who live in that subdivision. Other members of the community will use it too, and that includes the Goodwood children.
This planting is a joint effort between Environs Ltd., Waipa District Council and the Cambridge Tree Trust. Further plantings will be made from time to time. This is the first one, on Friday 26th June, 2015. Read more for the video of this morning.
Since the Swale was planted, there have been two droughts, and the plants suffered. Replanting is now essential, as at August 2014, and these students from St. Peter's School are helping us do that. This little video shows them planting about 150 plants in under 2 hours. They were late starting because the Tree Trust's truck got bogged in unexpectedly soft ground on the way in, and they had to do what they could with plants barrowed in for about a kilometre until the truck was freed.