My class (Year 3) at Murrays Bay School in Auckland has been working on a project all year involving the first stage in getting rid of weeds in a 200 300 square metre area of our school.
You name it, we had it: wild ginger, agapanthus, gorse, woolly nightshade, kikuyu, Japanese honeysuckle, mile-a minute, elaeagnus, boneseed, monkey apple, pampas grass...the list goes on!
It has been a huge learning curve for the children (and me!), but we have worked through identifying the weeds, learning all about each one, clearing 200 square metres so far, and mulching it ready for replanting.
We have had a lot of support from both Kate Jackson (North Shore City Council Enviroschools Coordinator) and Su Sinclair (Auckland Regional Councilís Weedbusters Coordinator), and Woody Weed even visited to cheer on our efforts.
The children are using their weedbusting experiences to develop web pages and other projects. Not bad for a Year 3 class - the children have all worked so hard all year towards this!