Trees for Survival (tfsnz.org.nz) is a programme which promotes the growing and planting of native trees to help control soil erosion, increase stream flow, improve water quality and to create new habitats for our native flora and fauna. The programme enables children to learn about the role of trees in the environment as well as providing the opportunity to become involved in environmental restoration projects. Trees for Survival is administered by a charitable trust which engages schools, supporting organisations, local councils and landowners in community projects to protect local environments.
The Plant Growing Unit has been set up behind the Intermediate block and Year 5 and 6 classes have been pricking out and re potting seedlings. Barb Simpson, a local expert, demonstrated correct techniques and Year 6 children were able to use their Stewart Island Camp nursery expe-rience to help. We are very excited about this new programme, the support from Accor Hotels and the opportunity to liaise with the council for future planning in the Wakatipu area. This is a great link to our inquiry topic, PURE environment and also future science lessons.