A major plumbing disaster last term required our main entrance garden to be sacrificed in order to access drainage pipes. Now that spring was upon us it was time to plant it up into something more welcoming...
Luckily we had an enthusiastic team of 6, Year eights who had been itching to tidy up our front gardens since Term 1. We also had our fantastic Tui products from our award winning School Challenge prize...and all the native seedlings we had planted up late last year with Natasha from DOC...sourced from the front Gardens!
We were also fortunate enough to have just picked up 6 more native shrubs courtesy of the National "Paper 4 Trees" initiative, we also had the 6 scleranthus ground covers we qualified for last year on hand.
A HUGE thank you to Holcim who have kindly sponsored the "paper 4 Trees" in the Buller region.
We're not just a coal town, we also have very pure limestone deposits that Holcim make into cement for use around our great country.
Every year we look forward to exchanging our waste paper for trees
So it was with much enthusiasm that our team of 6 got stuck into preparing and planting up our main entrance...
Once the soil had been enriched with a trailer load of compost, it was time to lay out our native plant selection:
Magenta tea trees & Lancewoods for the back row
Assorted flaxes in magenta and soft green for the middle ground
Ringaringa lilies toward the front
Mounding ground cover in the form of scleranthus for a nice velvety tactile front row (these are going to receive a lot of friendly exploratory pats from our students)
Much was learnt about composition, grouping our selection in 3's, and tallest to the back and shortest to the front!
Holes were dug, prepared with our great Tui products, planted and watered well.
I wonder how many holes were dug in total?
Starting to look really good team...
Time for some weed matting and the application of mulch...do you like our cunning method of protecting the plants while we barrowed the mulch?
Thanks to the major regional storm at Easter we have an abundant supply of mulch on site here at school and quite a bit more natural light coming in along our Northern boundary.All the beautiful phohutukawa we lost have just moved form the back field to the front garden in a different form!
A final tidy up of our work site and it was time to revel...
...all our great work to our class mates and School Principal.
Looking stunning Team...
...nice use of the school colours in your plantings...
...a bit of active growth over the summer and this garden will be really flying the magenta North School flag, to welcome all into our great school!
Great work Team, its amazing what 6 students can achieve in just 2 and a half hours!