Waiau River gets a tree boost

Tane Pakau (6, left) and Noah Nibin (5) plant a tree near the Clifden Historical Suspension Bridge.
Finley Clarke (left) and Flynn Cade (both 7) busy with their planting. Photos: Supplied

A GROUP of green-thumbed primary schoolers spent last Tuesday planting hundreds of trees next to the Waiau River.

The children from Hauroko Valley Primary School planted the trees at a cleared area near the Clifden Historical Suspension Bridge.

It was their way of taking part in Arbor Day, which was on the Saturday before, and was organised by local environmentalists Philip and Stephanie Symonds.

School principal/tumuaki Julia Waikato said it was a great day out which the children enjoyed.

As well as learning about planting native species, the children heard about the history of the area and why planting trees was important, particularly for their local river.

Ms Waikato said the children thought it was a cool spot, and liked they could pop down and see their planted trees grow.

“It’s giving back, really.”

She said it was hoped it could become an annual event for environmental educational.