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Published: 2005-05-18 00:00:00

Environment Waikato’s Environmental Initiatives Fund has granted $1000 to Tairua School to develop a composting worm farm and native planting project.

The school is expanding their year-long environmental education programme through a composting worm farm and planting project to encourage students to be more aware of environmental and sustainability issues.

“This is one of the best ways for children to connect with mother nature and understand some simple growing and waste cycles. Children value things more when they have experienced them first hand,” said Paula Southgate, Chairman of the Environment Committee.

“Children are great educators and they spread the message to other children, parents and others in their local community,” she added.

The programme includes recycling, composting, worm farming, propagating and growing native plants and vegetables. Donations for the project have also been received from the local community.