Since the Swale was planted, there have been two droughts, and the plants suffered. Replanting is now essential, as at August 2014, and these students from St. Peter's School are helping us do that. This little video shows them planting about 150 plants in under 2 hours. They were late starting because the Tree Trust's truck got bogged in unexpectedly soft ground on the way in, and they had to do what they could with plants barrowed in for about a kilometre until the truck was freed.
The children and their supervisors worked steadily and potted on a good number of plants which were root-bound and needed bigger pots. They enjoyed the work, and we enjoyed having them with us.
The land is Education Department land, not Council land, so the Tree Tust's work on Lola Silcock Park had to stop there. However the Principal, Mike Pettit, wanted to extend both the Park and his playing area, so when the Waikato River Clean-up Trust provided some money, he went ahead. Like the Park, the school ground is on the riverbank.
Contractors cleared the land, levelled it and sowed grass. The Tree Trust provided 2 truckloads of plants, and 75 pupils and their teachers got busy. This video shows them hard at work.