Nuhaka School plants a Treemendous walkway

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).