Collaboration is helping foster a love of the environment in Clyde Primary School pupils.

The school is part of the Clyde Community Enviroschools Ecological Restoration Group, planting and caring for natives on land administered by the Department of Conservation below the Clyde bridge.

More than 20 pupils from the school helped to spread mulch at the area last Thursday.

Clyde Primary School Enviroschools teacher Sarah Muller said the pupils had planted natives in the area and the next step was mulching.

“For these kids to learn to look after our earth, they need to love it first, so coming down here .. and getting their hands dirty is great for them,” Mrs Muller said.

Year 3 pupil Lily Love said she was there to “help the nature.”

“We’re just putting the mulch by the plants so they grow a bit larger,” she said.

Group member Lynne Stewart said the area had contained thorny bushes and shady trees.

The group had planted natives to “bring back a small area of our natural heritage” and provide food sources for native birds returning to the area.

“Tui and korimako sometimes sing to us when we’re weeding or spreading mulch there.”