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Published: 2001-09-13 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is to give $2000 towards the restoration of a gully in the grounds of Hamilton Boys High School.

The two-hectare gully is currently a mixture of open grass, native bush, scrub and gorse with a pond. The school community, including students and the school’s Horticulture Department along with periodic detention workers, will undertake the work.

When complete the gully will be used as an outside study area for horticulture and science studies. The work includes cleaning up the grassed area, opening a track and removing privet, planting 600 native trees and plants, propagating and planting another 1000 plants, spraying pampas, removing gorse, woolly nightshade and wandering jew, cleaning up the pond and constructing a walkway.

Hamilton City Council contributed much of the funding for the project and an Environment Waikato contribution would encourage the enhancement of biodiversity and natural ecosystems on land of community interest.