Aparima College teacher Lynne Grove (left) and Mazda Foundation ambassador Boh Runga.
APARIMA College pupils took advantage to learn more about trees, bugs and nature as part of the TREEmendous event on Saturday.
More than 450 trees, including 100 which were gifted, were planted at the school in Riverton with the help of the community.
A joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson, the mass planting of mostly native trees took place on Saturday.
Mazda New Zealand representative Maria Tsao said the planting effectively created an outdoor learning area for intermediate and primary school children.
Aparima College teacher Lynne Grove said the event was about 18 months in the making.
Most of the trees planted replaced old macrocarpa which had to be removed as they were becoming unsafe.
“We thought we’d get students involved – right from the start they had the idea of what they want.”
Project Crimson trustee ‘The Bugman’ Ruud Kleinpaste said what they wanted to do was restore native forests.
He said we could learn from nature and there were “stories to tell from bugs’ perspectives”.
Riley ‘The Sharkman’ Elliot and Mr Kleinpaste both spoke to the children on Friday.
Mr Kleinpaste’s range of bugs included weta, spiders, wasps, beetles and even a preserved huhu grub – “he’s been pickled for the last 30 years”.
He said it was children’s curiosity with the bugs which got them interested in what they could learn from nature.
The plans also included an orchard where apples, plums and pears were being planted.
Images from the tree planting. Photos: Laura Smith