McGrath Nurseries donates trees to area schools


McGrath Nurseries Ltd has teamed up with Avis Leeson, Garden Coordinator for Hamilton area schools, by providing 235 fruit trees over the past two years to plant small orchards at 54 primary and intermediate school grounds in the greater Waikato region. The students tend to the trees with the oversight of Avis and the project teaches the children how to care for plants and grow their own healthy foods. The students were excited when they picked the first fruit off of the trees this fall. 

The students are genuinely interested in the growing process and had many questions for Andy McGrath, owner of McGrath Nurseries Ltd, when he visited the orchard at St.Andrews Hamilton Junior High School in February.  Andy says that it is very rewarding to share this knowledge with the students and he plans to continue tree donations as an ongoing project.

Trees have previously been donated to other school projects throughout New Zealand and to various community gardens and groups.  McGrath Nurseries Ltd is pleased to be involved in these projects in an organized way as an ongoing commitment to promote community development and health and environmental awareness.

Pictured here are Andy McGrath, Avis Leeson, and students Tama Rangiawha and Jason Moore.

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