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Green fingers . . . Maheno School head pupils Lillie Silcock (11, left), Mackenzie Shearmon (11) and Brooke Purvis (12), join other pupils, principal Ryan Fraser and Oamaru Honda's Dave Laughton with the native trees donated to the school as part of Honda's Grow a Tree programme. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

More than a dozen native trees will be planted at Maheno thanks to the generosity of the rural community and an Oamaru business.

At Maheno School’s assembly on Friday, Oamaru Honda presented 15 native trees to pupils and principal Ryan Fraser as part of Honda’s Grow a Tree programme.

Oamaru Honda sales representative Dave Laughton said one tree would be donated to a nominated North Otago school each time a vehicle was sold.

Along with the trees presented to Maheno School, a combined 25 others would be given to Kakanui, Five Forks, Papakaio and Waitaki Valley schools.

Mr Laughton said the programme had been “very well received” by schools and the community alike.

Mr Fraser said the initiative tied in nicely with the school’s environmental studies, which were completed last term.

He was delighted so many people had nominated the school for a tree.

“It’s amazing. I heard about the initiative and thought it was pretty cool, but to get 15 trees is amazing. It just shows you how much support there is for the school around the community.”

It was yet to be decided where the trees would be planted, but it would likely be outside of the school grounds.

“It’s going to have to be in the community because there probably isn’t enough space at the school .. I’m sure the kids will have some ideas.”