Hedgehope School Treemendous Makeover
8/03/2009

The Treemendous team visited Hedgehope School on Saturday 7 March to carry out their native garden makeover along with the school and members of the local community.

The plan was to create an outdoor classroom with a loop walking track with physical challenges along the way.  Paving and picnic tables were placed in the centre of the loop to create an outdoor classroom.

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At 9.30am it was all hands on deck with Project Crimson, the Mazda Foundation and staff from Macaulay Mazda in Invercargill along with a fabulous turnout of school children, parents, grandparents and friends.  Some got to work building, some started planting the 900+ plants, and others filled up wheelbarrows with mulch.

The design and layout was the brainchild of Lea Barber, keen gardener and parent of children attending the school.  For Lea and the school, it was marvellous seeing the dream turn into reality.

By mid afternoon, the area had been transformed.  All the plants were in the ground, the activities along the track had been completed and the many piles of mulch had been shifted and placed around the plants and other areas. 

A fantastic effort by all involved.  Hedgehope Primary School principal Fiona Murray said the change in the makeover area will enhance school life for both current and future students.

Hedgehope is one of four winning schools in the second annual Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.

Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation are now looking forward to the next makeover to be held at Malfroy School in Rotorua on Saturday 4 April.