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Children from Cromwell Primary School gave back to the neighbourhood on Thursday by joining community organisations and businesses in planting native trees beside Lake Dunstan.

Megan Phillips, community engagement co-ordinator for the Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust said about 100 children in two groups planted 224 native plants provided by Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust, and trust admin and project co-ordinator Rachael Baxter showed the pupils how to give the young plants a strong start.

The area planted was protected by a predator-proof fence and members from the Lions Club dug the holes ready for the children.

Kaylen Waller was one of the those who took part in the planting and said the idea was “really great”.

“It felt really good to grow more plants,” she said.