Mandy and I filmed Opoho School’s annual tree planting effort in their portion of the Town Belt, and what fun it was! We could hear the enthusiastic sound of 60 children from quite a distance before we saw them emerge from a track through the bush that leads from the school to their Town Belt site off Dundas Street. For six years they have removed great piles of rubbish, weeded out nonnatives, planted trees, flax, and native grasses. They have also constructed and maintained a path, and had a bridge built over the stream. (The bridge was paid for by the Amenities Society of Dunedin.) It is amazing what they have done and how much the older plants have grown. Walking along their path through their plants, I see the birds are everywhere. A coprosma bush along the path is mysteriously shaking and twitching. When I look closer, I see it is filled with tiny silvereyes hiding behind leaves as they pull berries off to eat. A good source of winter food for them.
Opoho School is part of the Enviroschools programme. With the help of the Dunedin City Council, they have looked after this portion of the town belt for six years, initially working with the help of Paul Pope, and now working with Scott Maclean. While we were there, not only did they plant at least 200 trees, they also picked up rubbish, and tested the clarity and turbidity of the stream. An incredible effort and wonderful learning experience for both teachers and students.
Well done, Opoho School!
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