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Schools and early childhood education centres all over Canterbury are working hard to create the future they want for New Zealand.  Check out what some of these schools/ ECE centres are up to in the features below!

Ashburton Borough School re-reflected Green-Gold

Ashburton Borough School successfully re-reflected at Green-Gold on 23rd June 2015. Teacher John Hooper said the 77 members of the Greenie Team were on Cloud Nine. When the decision was made that the school was still Green-Gold, student Henry Goodes said “when I realised we had renewed our Green Gold flag…. I was astonished. It was like all my dreams had come true”. Other students comments were; 
I felt relieved……D.J. Spies
I felt happy……Sarah Bradley
I knew we would get it back……….Danielle
I was surprised and astonished……Campbell
I thought for half the day that we were probably going to get it…..Zara

   
All 77 members of the Ashburton Borough School Greenie Team         
celebrating their Green-Gold achievement.                                       


Members of the Greenie Team proudly showcasing their chickens during the tour of the school.

Enviroschools Canterbury part of National Radio morning report

Enviroschools Canterbury is working together with Te Ara Kakariki Trust, to help re-plant up to 10% of the Canterbury Plains in native trees to create a greenway that spans from the mountains to the sea. Listen to the Morning Report here, to hear about the great work being done. Interview includes comments from Enviroschools Canterbury facilitator Matt Stanford.

Honda Tree Fund

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Environment Canterbury's Youth Engagement Team, Biodiversity Team and the Honda TreeFund are working together to support schools and their communities with plans to protect, restore and enhance their local waterways.

Each year $10,000 of the Honda TreeFund allocation is made available to Canterbury schools, to help with native planting projects. Enviroschools and schools involved in Environment Canterbury’s Waitaha Wai (Water) or Pests and Biodiversity education programmes are eligible. Schools can apply for up to $1000 each, for native plants only.

 

Honda funds planting at local school

Money raised on the sale of Honda cars in Canterbury is paying for Broadfield School near Lincoln to plant native seedlings along a water-race opposite the school gate.

Read the Broadfield school release 

           

 

Habitat at Oxford preschool 

The Honda TreeFund is funding an Oxford preschool’s native planting project, aimed at creating a habitat for skinks. Bright Horizons Preschool owners Justin and Mel Fletcher said $1000 from the Honda TreeFund would pay for 360 native plants and grasses. These will be planted in a neighbouring 2-hectare paddock, realising plans hatched in 2010 when they opened the preschool to extend its garden so students could enjoy and learn about nature.

                                             

    MacKenzie Bowers, 3, and Kiernan, 3, seek out 
                                       a good spot to plant grasses.                                          

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