Children plant green future

2015-09-08 06:00
Learners of Hazendal Primary School recently planted 10 of the 40 trees donated to them in commemoration of national Arbor Day.

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Learners of Hazendal Primary School recently planted 10 of the 40 trees donated to them in commemoration of national Arbor Day. PHOTO: earl haupt

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Green was just the colour last week as national Arbor Week was celebrated throughout the country last week.

As trees were planted at various establishments, pupils at Hazendal Primary School made a particularly meaningful contribution to their school’s legacy. With the help of Konica Minolta and Food and Trees for Africa, 10 of the 40 trees donated to the school were given a home on the newly planted sports field at the rebuilt school.

The trees will not only beautify the area, but also provide shade for those who use the school grounds in years to come.

The planting coincided with Casual Day, which gave a more vibrant atmosphere to the celebration, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Konica Minolta has donated and help plant 5000 trees at schools across the country in the past year, with 500 trees being planted at 12 schools in Cape Town specifically.

Friday’s Arbor Day takes the total number of trees donated by the company across the country to more than 26 000 since 2008.

Warren Rossiter, principal at Hazendal Primary, expressed his joy at having the trees donated.

He believes the initiative has enabled the school to physically demonstrate to pupils the importance of conservation.

“Our children are now learning more about the actual planting and care of the young trees and how they have to nurture it to its full growth so that they can have the benefits of the shade on the field when our field is fully grown.

“We have selected four nature conservation awareness ambassadors from each of the classes. We have 19 classes. So we have two boys and two girls from each class who will be promoting the whole concept of conserving, preserving and greening the planet.

“From school they will take it to their families and communities as well.”

Rossiter added that each class would have their names attached to two of the trees, which they were responsible for.

Although contractors have planted the seeds for the grass on the field, it will be a while yet before pupils can fully make use of their newly built facility.

“Currently the children don’t have access to the field while the grass is growing, but it also gives the trees the chance to stabilise and strengthen,” he said.

Once the turf and branches of trees stretch out, all those involved are sure to have their chests bursting with pride.

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