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Update from the Treemendous Team: entries are now open for your school to receive a Treemendous School Makeover!

Would you like your school to receive a $10,000 native garden makeover in 2018?

What better way for students to explore, learn and spend quality time in nature, than an outdoor education space? The Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson can help your school achieve this. You just need to find the ‘eco warriors’ at your school and get them excited about winning a Treemendous School Makeover.

It’s easy to apply. Simply complete the stage 1 application form by 23 June 2017.

If you have entered in the past and didn’t quite make it, don’t be disheartened. We can only do so many makeovers a year and we encourage you to polish up your application and apply again.

The team have been busy selecting native trees, gathering their shovels and loading up the BT-50s ready to create some beautiful outdoor areas at the 2017 winning schools.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, five schools, instead of the usual four, were selected to receive a Treemendous School Makeover.

Alexandra Primary School

Alexandra Primary School
18 March

Alexandra Primary School (Otago) were the first to receive their makeover on Saturday, 18 March. The previously bare school grounds were brought to life with a new outdoor classroom, which incorporates the school’s original stone building. Hundreds of tussocks and hebes were planted, with a new schist path winding through the foliage and leading back to the little stone school. A kowhai grove and a mini orchard were also planted.

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 the 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 (Bay of Plenty) 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.

Treemendous first sprung from the ground in 2008, and by the end of 2017, we 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.

Whole communities have come together with hundreds of volunteers to help enhance the learning environments at a wide variety of primary and intermediate schools across the country.

Let your creativity and passion for the environment and outdoor learning run free, we look forward to your application.

Click here to apply →