Fruit trees waiting to be delivered to Selwyn primary schools courtesy of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust

Fruit trees for Selwyn schools

by Kent Caddick

The Lincoln Envirotown Trust is reflecting on another successful year of providing Selwyn primary schools with fruit trees for their grounds.

This year, the trust along with its partners, including the Outdoor Space landscape business, delivered 211 free fruit trees to schools in the district.

The trust’s project manager, Dave Fitzjohn, said the number of trees delivered this year was slightly up on the previous year when just 190 trees were delivered to both new schools and schools, which have been a part of the project since its inception.

“Around 25 schools in Selwyn have benefitted by being part of this project — which is now into its fourth year,” Mr Fitzjohn said.

“Early in the fruit tree planting season, Aaron Bartlett and his team from the Outdoor Space delivered and planted the fruit trees which were provided free to the primary schools courtesy of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust with the support of a number of Rolleston businesses.

“Next year is the last year of the scheme, and hopefully schools will soon start enjoying the fruit.”

Mr Fitzjohn said the project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a number of local businesses, which, as well as Outdoor Space, included Independent Signs Ltd, Hawkins Engineering, Juice Electrical, Sicon Limited, Tufnell Drainage, Thai Terrace Restaurant and All About Sewage Ltd.