Schools green dreams could become reality

16th July 2014

Students and teachers from across the country have been busy sprouting big ideas on how to create an environmentally focused education space on their school grounds with the hope of winning a $10,000 environmental makeover.

Eleven schools have been named as finalists in June’s stage one judging round, as part of Treemendous for 2015, a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.

Highlights from this year’s submissions included the proposed restoration of a gully and one to restore a creek – both would provide students with great learning experiences.  While others focused on constructing nature walks and research into native plants that would attract birds, insects and even frogs.

The eleven finalists include Fairhaven School (Te Puke), Havelock North Intermediate (Hastings), Horsham Downs (Hamilton), Hillside Primary (Winton Southland), Renwick School (Marlborough), Rowandale Primary (Manurewa, Auckland), Takapuna Primary (Auckland), Waikouaiti School (Otago), Wairakei Primary School (Taupo), Woodleigh School (New Plymouth) and Berhampore School (Wellington). These schools are in the running to receive $10,000 to transform a disused part of their school grounds into a blooming educational space for students and teachers to enjoy.

“Every year we’re amazed by the level of creativity in the applications, we love to see students getting so passionate about the environment.  It’s so great to see how they come up with new and exciting ways to conserve the world we live in,” says Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation.

“Judging the next round will prove to be very difficult as each submission is a very strong contender.  So much so eleven schools were chosen this year as opposed to the usual ten due to the high calibre of entries”.

Stage one of the application process asked students and teachers to submit a proposal which included details about aspects of their planned makeover.

The finalists are in the process of developing landscaping plans for their stage two submissions, which will

be used to choose the winning entries.  Four out of the 11 schools will be selected to each receive a $10,000 makeover that will take place in 2015 and the remaining finalists will be awarded $500 for their hard work.

The four winning schools will be announced in September.

Please visit Treemendous for more information.

About the Mazda Foundation

The Mazda Foundation was established by Mazda New Zealand in 2005 as a public charitable trust to give assistance to a broad cross-section of causes, including the improvement of our natural environment and the advancement of our young people’s education.  See the Mazda Foundation website

About Project Crimson

Project Crimson is a charitable conservation Trust that aims to protect New Zealand's native Christmas trees - pohutukawa and rata.  Since the Trust was formed in 1990, volunteers have successfully established hundreds of thousands of pohutukawa and rata trees around New Zealand.

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