Students from Havelock North Intermediate School were congratulated on their "Treemendous" community project at an East Coast Hawke's Bay Te Tairāwhiti ki Te Matau-a-Māui Conservation Board meeting.

Alice Hoogerbrug and Connor Grant are active in the school's "Treemendous" project, which applied successfully to the Department of Conservation (DOC) Community Fund last year. The funding is to utilise and extend their "Treemendous" area, and enable environmental learning, as well as take part in the Cape-to-City outdoor environmental and educational opportunities. The aim is to provide a corridor of native plants for birdlife from Te Mata Peak to Karamū Stream that will ensure the survival of plants such as the endangered local kakabeak.

The school received $10,000 in 2014 to create a Treemendous area in 2015 from the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson under the Treemendous Makeover scheme.

An aerial view of the Havelock North Intermediate School gardens is available at