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Schools awarded funding to support sustainability projects

Horizons Regional Council has awarded 25 grants to Enviroschools with environmental and sustainability projects for 2023.

The Pat Kelly Enviroschools Action Fund supports sustainability projects from Enviroschools in the Horizons Region.

Horizons senior environmental educator and Enviroschools Regional Leader Sarah Williams say council received 31 applications, seeking a total of just over $38,000 which is the most we have ever had since starting this fund in 2016.

“We were pleased to see a wide range of projects seeking support in this round of funding. Similar to last year, rainwater tanks and water conservation have continued to be popular project, particularly with this year projected to be a dry summer with the El Nino”.

“It has also been great to see a few more unique projects such as Brunswick Schools’ lavender garden for making lavender oil, and Marton Childcare Centre’s leafcutter bee project.”

“Unfortunately, with only $25,000 available some Enviroschools have missed out this time around”. The 2023 funding has been awarded to:

Barnados Early Learning Centre (Palmerston North) – to purchase cloth towels to replace single use paper towels

Brunswick School (Whanganui) – to create a lavender garden for oil production

Bunnythorpe School (Palmerston North) – to purchase netting to protect existing gardens and orchards from birds

Hiwinui School (Manawatū) – to purchase traps for a predator eradication programme Hokowhitu School (Palmerston North) – to create a bespoke composting system

Longburn School (Palmerston North) – to purchase rainwater tanks

Mangaweka School (Rangitīkei) – towards bush exploration resources

Marton Childcare Centre (Rangitīkei) – to purchase a leafcutter bee garden starter kit

Marton Junction Community Preschool (Rangitīkei) – to provide bus transport for a community planting at Tutaenui Reservoir Mataroa School (Rangitīkei) – to create a native plant propagation nursery

Matiere School (Ruapehu) – purchase gardening tools and plants for a Māra Kai

Ngakonui Valley School (Ruapehu) – to design and paint new kowhaiwhai style panels at their school entrance reflecting their local cultural and natural history

Ohakune School (Ruapehu) – to purchase native trees for their school ngahere

Opiki School (Horowhenua) – create a butterfly and moth garden

Pahiatua School (Tararua) – to create raised garden beds

Palmerston North Girls’ High School (Palmerston North) – to purchase a rainwater tank and timer

Pukeokahu School (Rangitīkei) – to purchase chicken netting for their chicken run

Ruahine Roslyn Kindergarten (Palmerston North) – towards gardening tools and supplies for their garden

Shannon School (Horowhenua) – to purchase rainwater tanks

St Joseph’s School (Manawatū) – to purchase wet weather clothing for their forest schools programme and reserve restoration project

Tangimoana School (Manawatū) – towards supplies for weather protection for their orchard

Taoroa School (Rangitīkei) – to purchase fruit trees

Tawhero School (Whanganui) – towards māra kai garden supplies

Tui Early Learners (Manawatū) – to purchase worm towers

Westmere School (Whanganui) – to create signage for native trees in their nature walk


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