All 155 students from Burnham School were on hand to help with planting. Organisers are hoping to do the same next year

Entire school involved in planting

by Mike Isle

It took all the staff and students of Burnham School, parents, a district councillor, a clutch of environmental experts and even the commander of the local military camp, but collectively they did it.

The occasion was the Enviroschools plant-out event at Pope Field last Monday.

The school’s event coordinator Nicky Spence said it was a fantastic day for everybody involved.

“We spent the entire day planting native trees, learning to weave flax, identifying insects and medicinal plants and learning about conservation.

“It was also a great way for our school to give something back to the community,” she said.

Also on hand and helping was Selwyn District councillor and chair of its district plan biodiversity group Murray Lemon. Councillor Lemon said that it a great day out spent with “a fantastic group of enthusiastic kids.”

He said he spent the morning helping plant trees and harvest medicinal plants.

“In all respects, it was highly successful, and with more than 150 students, the organisers should be congratulated on meeting the logistical challenges of such a big event,” he said.

Burnham’s strong links with Burnham Military Camp were reinforced with a contingent of military police and the camp’s commanding officer Major Grant Payton on hand to provide support and to assist with road safety.

Nicky Spence said she and the school would like to thank everybody involved and especially New Zealand Defence Force land management officer Shona Sam who helped coordinate the event.