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Christchurch City Council Media Release 11 September 2001

All Pupils To Help School Planting

All 460 pupils of Beckenham Primary School will be helping with planting more than 1000 native shrubs, ferns and grass at the school on Thursday 13 September.

It will be part of a joint project between the school and the Christchurch City Councilís Parks and Waterways Unit.

The school is upgrading its facilities and approached the Council last year for help in developing ideas for linking the school with the Heathcote River.

A concept was developed by the Councilís staff along with an landscape architect-parent, Wayne Rimmer, the school principal, Nick Major, the schoolís architect, Dennis Ching and a Board of Trustees member, Alice Shanks.

The project was developed in conjunction with the Councilís educational programme called Waterlink.

A big step will be taken on Thursday 13 September between 9am and noon when the whole school will be taking part in the planting. This will be along the Sandwich Road-Eastern Terrace school boundary.

The planting of more than 1000 plants will provide a link with the planting in the adjacent Beckenham Park ponds and the along the Heathcote River.

Council Parks and Waterways Unit staff, City Care staff and others will help the school pupils.

Further information: Nick Major, Beckenham School principal: 337 1401.


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