Our winners have been chosen!

For the first time in the 10-year history of the Treemendous School Makeover programme, five lucky schools will each receive $10,000 to create their own outdoor education space.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Treemendous School makeover programme and what better way to celebrate than to break tradition and add in another school.

A big congratulations to our five winning schools: Alexandra Primary School (Otago), Leithfield School (Canterbury), Nelson Central School (Nelson), Houghton Valley School (Wellington) and Reporoa School (Bay of Plenty).

We can’t wait to throw on the gumboots and get stuck in this year as we create some beautiful and environmentally focused outdoor education areas for students!

Alexandra Primary School

Alexandra Primary School
18 March

Alexandra Primary School (Otago) will receive the first Treemendous Makeover of 2017, on Saturday, 18 March. The school plans to incorporate its original stone buildings into its outdoor classroom. It will see schist paths winding through tussocks and hebes, which will eventually lead back to the little stone school. There will also be a Kowhai grove and a mini orchard.

Leithfield School

Leithfield School
6 May

Leithfield School (Canterbury) will transform their outdoor area on Saturday, 6 May – which is five times the size of any of the other winning schools. The makeover will include developing the banks of the stream that runs through their school into an outdoor learning space, combined with the planting of natives and ‘trees of the world’. The area will also incorporate garden beds and a community orchard with seating throughout.

Nelson Central School

Nelson Central School
17 June

Nelson Central School (Nelson) is up next on Saturday, 17 June. The school is working on a waste minimisation initiative and to complement this they plan to plant native trees to entice birds and insects to the school and create habitats and ecosystems in a magical learning area.

Houghton Valley School

Houghton Valley School
12 August

Houghton Valley School (Wellington) Treemendous Makeover will be all go on Saturday, 12 August. The school’s large outdoor area will be transformed into a key outdoor learning zone surrounded by paths and seating. A viewing platform will be constructed for the students to observe the extensive planting of native trees, including rata epiphytes, which will enhance the school’s bush surroundings.

Reporoa School

Reporoa School
16 September

The final Treemendous Makeover is Reporoa School on Saturday, 16 September. The school will convert an unused paddock and transform it into an outdoor interactive learning habitat. The students will be able to weave their way through the native plants on a series of paths that will lead them to an outdoor learning platform.

We would like to commend each and every school that took the time to submit an application in 2016. We loved the creativity and it was great to see so much passion for the environment coming from Kiwi schools.

The five winning schools will each receive a $10,000 Treemendous School Makeover and the four runners up received $500 for their school. The Treemendous team will work closely with the winning schools to help them develop their ideas, create a suitable planting programme and make their green dreams come to life.

By the end of 2017, Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson will have worked with 40 schools from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South to create amazing native gardens and outdoor classrooms.

Communities have come together and hundreds of volunteers have lent a hand to enhance learning environments for keen students from a wide variety of primary and intermediate schools.

Did you miss out on entering this year and think your school could benefit from having an area transformed through the planting of natives? If so, we encourage you to keep your school’s passion for environmental projects alive and apply next year.

If you have previously applied and haven’t quite made it, don’t give up! Many schools have applied, not once, but a few times before they were successful. If you applied this year, and were unsuccessful, please refine your plan and re-submit. We look forward to seeing all your applications in 2017 when entries open again in April.

Stay tuned!

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