Thursday 5 June — World Environment Day and Arbor Day — was the perfect day to team up with the Sustainability Council at Cashmere High School and their Enviroschools Coordinator to plant trees on the school grounds. Ten passionate students and a rep from our generous Love your Water launch supporters HSBC joined-in to plant 100 native trees alongside the small stream — an offshoot of the nearby Heathcote River — that runs through the school.
This was one of a series of tree planting activities we are helping to run this winter as part of our nationwide Love your Water: Training Workshops and Tree Planting Tour. This planting day is part of an ongoing project that Cashmere High School has committed to as part of their involvement in the fantastic Enviroschools program. The trees planted will be nurtured by the students to provide a habitat for native birds, shade for native fish, and to stabilise the sides of this previously bare-banked stream.
A huge thank you to Ellen Hampson from Cashmere High for her coordination of this project, Matthew Stanford from Enviroschools, Steve Bush from Trees for Canterbury for his assistance with the plants, and to HSBC for their generous support of our Love your Water project.