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Thames schools get planting in support of National Conservation Week

18 September 2019

New native plantings are helping regenerate an area alongside Waikiekie Stream in Thames, thanks to students from Parawai School.

Photo: Parawai School students planting at Booms Reserve

New native plantings are helping regenerate an area alongside Waikiekie Stream in Thames, thanks to students from Parawai School.

Sixty students from the primary school planted have around 400 native plants at Booms Reserve, adding to an area of revegetation that has steadily grown over the last five years.

Parawai is one of five schools in the Thames area on the planting programme, which is a partnership between the Waikato Regional Council’s Enviroschool programme, the Trees for Survival Programme (TFS), our Council and the schools.

Our Council’s parks and reserves officer Ric Balfour says Parawai has adopted Booms Reserve as its special place to restore native vegetation in areas too wet to mow, and has been raising the seedlings in the school until they are large enough to plant out in local reserves.

“Because the students receive the tiny seedlings through the TFS programme, pot them into bigger containers and then plant them in the ground, it gives them a much better appreciation of the process than just planting full grown seedlings from a nursery,” Ric says. “They also learn about which species are best suited to each site and how they enhance habitat for birds and insects.”

Neighbours along Booms Ave often pitch in to help on the planting days, as well as keeping an eye on the young trees as they grow.

This week (September 14-21) is National Conservation Week and to help commemorate the event, Thames High School year 13 students planted at a riparian restoration site on Parawai Road. Plants have been provided to the students to help landscape the edge of this popular picnic spot, well known for hosting hungry ducks.

Other Trees for Survival schools in the Thames area include Thames South, St Francis, and Te Puru. 

For more information about the TFS or Enviroschools Programmes please contact: Rebecca.Dove@waikatoregion.govt.nz