School planting day to launch TREEmendous makeover

Anchorage Park School STEM club students talking about the TREEmendous makeover on What Now!.

Anchorage Park School in Pakuranga will become a TREEmendous school next term when they transform an unused area of their school field into an inspiring outdoor learning environment.

And the school is inviting locals to attend the planting day on Saturday July 28.

MCd by Ruud (The Bugman Kleinpaste, planting will take place from 9am-12noon followed by an official opening.

Volunteers are welcome from 8:45am and encouraged to bring gloves, wheelbarrows, spades and shovels. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to offer your assistances please contact the school directly.

The project was initiated by students in the STEM club and supported by lead science teacher Lorraine Field.

The students have given up their lunchtimes to design and create a scaled down model of what the area will look like once completed.

The model of the TREEmendous makeover area designed by Anchorage Park School students.

Boosting a native bush walk, bird feeders, weta enclosures, a lizard garden, insect hotels and a viewing worm farm, this space will allow students to develop their understanding of the local environment and empower them to take responsibility and care for their environment and protect the ecosystem.

They hope to attract birdlife from the adjacent Tamaki Estuary.

The area will not only benefit the school but also their neighbouring kindergarten, Somerville Special School satellite classes based at the school, and the community as a whole both now and for generations to come.

Working bees are already being held most weekends at the school in preparation of the official TREEmendous planting day.

“As a small school, this is a huge undertaking, and while we have been given a TREEmendous grant and will have assistance from the Mazda Foundation & Project Crimson volunteers, we still need further assistance to complete this project” says principal Belinda Johnston.

“We invite the whole community to come along and be involved”

Sponsorship or donations from local businesses or organisations would also be gratefully received by the small, decile 3 school who have been fundraising hard all year to top up their TREEmendous grant.