Planting for the future

Planting for the future

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It isn't just children's minds that are being encouraged to grow at Avon Primary School in Stratford, but also 58 trees in the school's newly­planted orchard.

Earlier this month, pupils, teachers, whanau and friends gathered together to spend a day digging and planting a new orchard to grow fruit for pupils.

The orchard project was gifted 30 of the trees by the charitable group KidsCan, with local businesses, iwi, school families and community members donating the remaining 28 trees.

A KidsCan spokesperson said the charity's involvement in the planting was made possible thanks to the Flight Centre Foundation.

Denise Hendren, principal of the school, says the orchard's success is a huge community effort.

She says she walked around during the day,and seeing the hive of activity was inspiring.

"I was also humbled by the number of people investing in the future of Avon School and would like to thank all the organisations, businesses and individuals who contributed." The orchard was something the school's community had been keen on.

"But we saw it as being something in the future, not happening so soon. It has happened now thanks to all the support we have received." Mayor Neil Volzke, who planted a plum tree donated by the Stratford District Council, says he was impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work of the school pupils.

"They will certainly enjoy the fruits of their labour and it is great to see them working towards something for future generations to enjoy." The day started with a powhiri and ended with a barbecue for helpers, who Denise says worked very hard getting the orchard planted.

"We hope that in the years to come the whole school community will benefit from the orchard."