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