Nuhaka School plants a Treemendous walkway
9/05/2012

Over 150 students, teachers and members of the Nuhaka community were out in force on Saturday 28 April to turn an area of land adjacent to Nuhaka School into a native garden.

The site of the Treemendous School Makeover was originally a railway platform and has now been transformed with over 800 native plants.

The planting of a native garden is just one step in a five year project to restore land neighbouring Nuhaka School. Future plans include a walkway through the new garden and promoting sustainability to the community.

The Treemendous School Makeover programme is a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson and sees four schools selected each year to receive a $10,000 makeover using New Zealand native plants.

Nick Chapman, Principal at Nuhaka School, says, “Our school is passionate about eco learning and we have a long term plan to attract birds to the area, develop propagation skills and promote sustainability.

“Saturday’s Treemendous Makeover was a great way to encourage students’ learning and get the entire community involved in this project.”

Nuhaka School is also busy setting up a nursery to eco source seeds and propagate plants. The students are involved in planning the school’s landscaping with pathways, seating and signage, and will be planting a large area of the school’s grounds with a variety of plant life.

Nuhaka School is the second school to receive a Treemendous Makeover this year. One other school, Omarama School (Otago), received their Treemendous Makeover in March. Two more schools will receive a Treemendous School Makeover later this year. They are Otaua School (Waiuku) and Tutira School (Hawke’s Bay).