Bucklands Beach Primary School transformed
28/04/2010

The Treemendous team along with teachers, parents, children and others from the community of Bucklands Beach in Auckland turned out in full force on Saturday 24 April to help transform an area on the edge of the school field into a native garden.

Around 700 plants were planted on the day including a range of native species and vegetable.
 
“The land was once a pristine coastal peninsula featuring pohutukawa trees, but had deteriorated over time and was in need of improvement,” says Kerri Riach, Teacher, Bucklands Beach Primary School.
 
“We want all of our students to experience nature and learn how ecosystems work.
 
“The students designed the new garden themselves to reflect the school culture and heritage on the peninsula with the school logo also being a pohutukawa flower.
 
“Our school motto is ‘our enthusiasm is our success’ and our students certainly reflect that with their amazing attitudes towards our vision mapping.”
 
The 377 pupil school was chosen from 94 nationwide applications to have its grounds enhanced with a native tree garden.
 
“We chose the school because we saw real potential for student learning and strong commitment from the school community,” says Bridget Abernethy, Executive Director, Project Crimson.
 
“The results were amazing and it was inspiring to see so many people turn out for on a beautiful Auckland day to make a real difference to the school grounds.”