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Published: 2003-09-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted Waiterimu School $5000 towards its Trees For Survival programme, which will grow trees for local farmers fencing off their streams.

The school serves a farming community and staff have been looking for a way to increase environmental awareness in the area. Some farmers had recently received Clean Streams funding from Environment Waikato and were looking for sources of seedlings to plant their stream banks.

The Matahuru, which runs near the school, is the key stream in the Waikare catchment. Cleaning up the stream is an important step toward reducing sediment in Lake Waikare.

The school proposes to construct a small nursery or shade house and instruct students in how to grow tree and plant seedlings to a size where they can be sold to local farmers. The board of trustees would support the project with volunteer labour.