Friday, June 23, 2017

Arbor Day at Waiwhakareke

On Friday the 2nd June a group of about 22 students, some parent helpers and a teacher gathered their spades, gum boots and rain coats and drove out to Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park to get involved in planting trees for Arbor day 2017.

Waiwhakareke is a 60 hectare ecological restoration project and every year on Arbor day, hundreds of people gather to help plant trees to restore the area to a flourishing natural forest, wetland and lake eco system. 

At Hamilton East School we are very proud to be a part of this project. We learnt how to dig the right shape hole and carefully put the sapling tree into the ground. We covered the roots back up and gave the sapling a strength test with a little push from side to side.

The rain held off for the planting but it was EXTREMELY muddy (and very fun)!!

Morning tea
Morning tea
Taking the plant out of the pot
Digging holes

Putting in the plant

Thanks to all our parent helpers who dug so many holes and pulled students out of the mud,  and to Dugan for driving us there!
For more information about Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage park have a look at this site